Fun & Games with the Power Grid

And you thought power crises were things that only happened to other nations…

The California Independent Service Operator Corporation, who runs California’s power grid, have declared a Stage One Electrical Emergency.   A quick look at the graph on CASIO’s website shows that expected demand is going touch the maximum available electricity resources, which I believe would mean a Stage 3 Emergency, and rolling blackouts for parts of the state.

This isn’t a unique occurrence, for California seems to have  power problems every summer.   It’s good to keep in mind that almost 40% of elctricity generated in California comes from natural gas, which appears to be having supply issues much like petroleum.

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