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Why does California’s power grid keep flirting with disaster? We’ve got answers

Why does California’s power grid keep flirting with disaster? We’ve got answers

Sammy Roth LA Times• California was forced to take desperate measures over Labor Day weekend to keep the lights on. Less than a month after the state experienced its first rolling blackouts in nearly two decades, officials again urged residents to use less electricity during the late afternoon and into the evening as extreme heat, fueled […]

“The Grid” is the Problem, Not the Solution

“The Grid” is the Problem, Not the Solution

  By Thomas L. Knapp On October 9, Pacific Gas & Electric began shutting down power to about 750,000 customers (affecting as many as 2 million people) in California. The company claims the shutdowns are necessary to reduce the risk that its power lines and other infrastructure will cause wildfires like last year’s Camp Fire, […]

Energy Department Looks at Green Impact on Power Grid

Energy Department Looks at Green Impact on Power Grid

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the upcoming Department of Energy study on power grid’s reliability is needed to address the facts after the Obama administration placed a premium on politics—but green energy is reportedly ready to push back. The study, set to be released in the coming weeks, will look at the effect of green […]

CA utilities commission plays dangerous game with power grid security

CA utilities commission plays dangerous game with power grid security

By James Poulos . The latest tit-for-tat between lawmakers and the California Public Utilities Commission has brought back bad memories of an in-state — and unsolved — national security threat. The tiff began when the CPUC “hired outside lawyers as federal and state investigators probed allegations of official influence-peddling and improper deal-making with Pacific Gas and […]