California’s ‘flex alert’ sends electricity prices skyrocketing. Was it necessary?

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LOS ANGELES — As record-setting temperatures surged into the triple digits in parts of California this week, the manager of the state’s electrical grid put out an urgent plea: Turn down the AC and conserve power to avoid rotating outages. The two-day “flex alert” by the California Independent System Operator drew headlines from dozens of media…

One Response to California’s ‘flex alert’ sends electricity prices skyrocketing. Was it necessary?

  1. Steven Nash June 24, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    So, Cal-ISO calls an unnecessary “flex alert” and the price surges on the wholesale market from 5 cents/KWh to 30 cents/KWh. Unneeded power that will now be charged to ratepayers.

    What a great system! The markets absorb the profit and the ratepayers absorb the cost and the risk.

    Ridiculous!

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