California is threatening more blackouts in the future

California is threatening more blackouts in the future

   “About 1.5 million people in Northern California are without power Thursday, most for a second day after the utility shut off electricity to prevent its power lines and equipment from sparking wildfires. ” 

    “At certain times of the year in California, the state is hot as dry winds blow in from Nevada, a combustible environment for fire. ” 

    “California is just entering the worst stretch of fire season after months of dry heat have desiccated brush and foliage across the state and fall winds have begun to rush through with such ferocity they have their own names, Diablo in the north and Santa Ana in the south. ” 

    “More than 1.5 million people in Northern California are without power, some for a second day, as strong winds sweep through the region. ” 

    “Southern California Edison has shut off power to nearly 12,000 people as strong Santa Ana winds sweep parts of the region . ” 

    “Picker estimates that utility operations are related to one in 10 wildland fires in California, which can be sparked by aging equipment and winds that send tree branches crashing into power lines , showering flammable landscapes with sparks. ” 

    “With California at the forefront of a new energy landscape, officials are racing to design a future that will not just reshape power production and delivery but also dictate how we get around and how our goods are made. ” 

    “California became one of the first states to deregulate electricity in 1996 and established CAISO to run the grid and the wholesale power market. ” 

    “Kamer says that in a solidly blue state like California, the odds of real political danger for Newsom appear remote now. ” 

    “Pacific Gas and Electric Co. cut power to about 240,000 customers late Wednesday night to prevent wildfires amid dry, windy weather and extreme fire danger. ” 

    “About 1 million people in one of the most densely populated parts of the country have had their power shut off by the utility company, Pacific Gas and Electric. ” 

    “Forecasts of strong, warm winds prompted the extreme measure, as the company is trying to avoid a repeat of the 2018 Camp Fire in which 86 people were killed. ” 

    “Los Angeles authorities say they will evacuate homeless people from camps in critical fire danger areas as dangerous Santa Ana winds develop. ” 

    “Northwest of Los Angeles, the Fillmore Unified School District has canceled classes and all activities Thursday and Friday due to potential loss of power. ” 

    “Subbotin says the utility continues to watch the weather and has not yet decided on cutting power to more people. ” 

    “Publicly owned utilities in Sacramento and Los Angeles operate their own systems, as do dozens of smaller districts and cooperatives. “

    “Officials say crews have found multiple cases of damage caused by heavy winds, including branches that fell on overhead lines that could have ignited if they were energized. ” 

    “Renewables lack the characteristic that power planners most prize: dispatchability, ready when called on and turned off when not immediately needed. ” 

    “Los Angeles Police Detective Meghan Aguilar says officers can arrest people if they refuse to leave after they get a verbal warning but called that a rare occurrence. ” 

    “Democratic strategist who served as a senior adviser to former Gov. Gray Davis when the state experienced an energy crisis in 2000 and 2001. ”