Got Generator?: California’s Self-Inflicted Energy Shortage

Sierra Foothill Commentary

Institute for Energy Research looks at CA Energy outlook. California is again having issues with adequate electricity and its customers are being told that summer blackouts may occur. Full report HERE.


California’s utility system is so tight and complex that it is vulnerable to rolling blackouts if part of the system is down—in this case, its largest natural gas storage facility. (This is despite the fact that California’s outward migration has exceeded its inward migration for 22 of the past 25 years.[viii]) The pipeline system is not adequate to supply enough natural gas to meet daily demand that can be almost twice what can be brought in daily. Thus, the state must institute emergency measures to avoid blackouts, and called on consumers to conserve electricity last week. Over the next decade, it will exacerbate the problem by retiring its two remaining nuclear units, which generate over 9 percent…

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