Thousands of PG&E Customers Without Power Across Bay Area Due to Weather

July 2, 2024

ABC News

Severin Borenstein, Energy Institute Faculty Director, explains the power outage across Bay Area and shares his outlook.

“Borenstein points to the massive upgrades the state has done to its power grid in recent years to help reduce the chance of flex alerts – which ask Californians to reduce their energy use. ‘The biggest change we’ve seen over the last few years is a massive installation of batteries. If you go back four years, California had essentially no batteries to store power…We’ll still have people going to work. And it’s going to be the second day of the heat wave so buildings are going to be hotter and have not had the chance to cool down overnight.'”