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KRON4: Energy Experts Explain Why California has So Many Power Alerts Lately

Posted by Jonathan Taraya and Eric Rucker on Jul 13, 2021

KRON4 summarized the reasons for power supply issues in the west, quoting AEE’s Leah Rubin Shen. Read snippets below and the full article here. Read Fox40’s coverage here.

(KTXL) – With California’s electric grid operator issuing more frequent Power Alerts lately, local energy experts are offering insight as to why the state is facing power supply issues.

“This is really the new normal, these weather events are becoming more and more common and more and more frequent,” said Leah Rubin Shen, the director of the Advanced Energy Economy.

The California Independent System Operator that controls the state’s power grid said a fire in southern Oregon has been threatening transmission issues, limiting the amount of imported energy.

Looking ahead, with more hot days coming and other states not being able to give what they have at times, some experts believe expanding the western power grid east could help.

The ability to better transfer power is part of President Joe Biden’s trillion-dollar infrastructure plan.

Read the full article here.

Topics: AEE In The News