Climate Change

Rolling blackouts in California because of their heat waves

Roll with it – The rolling blackouts implemented in California over the weekend in response to a record-breaking heatwave highlight the need to expand renewable energy and battery storage, the head of the state’s grid operator said. Steve Berberich, CEO of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), told reporters that moving toward clean electricity sources had created challenges for reliability but was adamant that wind and solar were not to blame for the blackouts. If anything, he said, the state should invest in more renewables backed by “extensive deployment of batteries.” Commenting on the weekend’s blackouts, Michael Wara, director of Stanford University’s climate and energy programme and member of the California Commission on Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery, told Politico “the timing of all this strongly suggests problems with gas plants”. (Climate Nexus)

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