California is Awash in Renewable Energy — Except When It’s Most Needed

September 2022

The Washington Post

Severin Borenstein, Faculty Director, and James Bushnell, Faculty Affiliate, comment on California’s renewable energy processes in The Washington Post.

““It all comes down to this problem of: It’s not how much energy we have, it’s the when and the where the energy is being produced,” said James Bushnell, an economics professor at the University of California at Davis. “Particularly the solar resources — it’s just in the wrong places and at the wrong times.” Another possible solution to the oversupply of renewables would be a mass shifting of consumer demand, so that residents use power in the middle of the day instead of the afternoon or night, said Severin Borenstein, faculty director of the Energy Institute at Haas business school at the University of California at Berkeley. That’s been discussed by policymakers but would require cooperation from utilities to redesign rate structures.”