Energy Experts Explain Why California Has So Many Power Alerts Lately – July 2021


KRON4 reports on Energy Institute Faculty Affiliate, Jim Bushnell, discussing the California power grid and the frequency of Power Alerts.

“I think we will be seeing at least Power Alerts for this summer and perhaps for the next couple,” said James Bushnell, former research director at the UC Berkeley Energy Institute.  “We are kind of being hit on the supply side and the demand side…We didn’t quite update the planning approach to deal with what we call the net peak, and that’s the demand after the sun sets and we need to meet the demand that’s leftover after the renewables go away.”

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