Who Turned Off the Lights? Heat Puts the Squeeze on California’s Power Grid – August 2020
Severin Borenstein, Faculty Director of the Energy Institute, shares with NBC Los Angeles his proposed solution to avoid a power grid overload during the heat wave.
“Borenstein, an economist by training, sees another approach that promises to be less costly and more quickly achievable: increasing use of incentive pricing to even out usage by charging less for electricity during low demand times, more during peak periods. ‘Price incentives, I think, change people’s habits.’ Is it a fair ask at a time when the COVID-19 crisis has so many working at home? ‘The alternative is rolling blackouts, right now, and that’s even worse.'”
Photo: Renee Byer, fresnobee.com