31 Jul '18, 9pm

Californians Slash Energy Use to Protect the Electric Grid

Californians Slash Energy Use to Protect the Electric Grid

It looked like California’s power grid was in for a rough couple of days last week. On July 23, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) notified electricity customers that it had issued a statewide Flex Alert , and was calling on residential customers to reduce their energy use from 5 to 9 p.m. on July 24 and July 25, "due to high temperatures across the western U.S., reduced electricity imports, tight natural gas supplies in the Southern California area, and high wildfire risk." It wasn’t a pretty picture. Temperatures were expected to reach the triple digits, and CAISO’s forecasted system peak appeared to surpass available supply (although CAISO keeps a reserve margin). For July 25, CAISO’s day-ahead forecast peak was 49,665 megawatts. The system’s available capacity was 45,633 megawatts.* But luckily for the Golden State grid, a breeze picked up and Californi...

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