On Friday, the California Independent System Operator, which manages the state’s power grid, called for rotating outages throughout the state for the first time since 2001.The system operator lifted the Stage 3 electrical emergency a few hours later, but only after PG&E Corp, one of the state’s largest utilities, had begun to cut power to about 220,000 customers. Service had been restored by late Friday night.
If you put this in context of California wanting to put a gazillion EVs on the road, all requiring a gazillion gigawatts of electricity, this is truly the biggest story of the week.
From a reader:
Rotating power outages in southern California today. Notice how close we came to maxing out today. Also NO WIND to speak of and SOLAR disappears as sunset arrives. Look at the curves at the bottom of this Supply page.
The screenshot was taken from ISO California at the time the state was going through rotating power outages in southern California.
Wind is practically non--existent, and solar -- remember all those roof-top solar panels at great expense -- and this is in the sunniest state in the union.