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rolling blackouts
Emma Foehringer Merchant

As blistering heat sets in, power grids in the Western US face a new round of challenges

In California and Texas, heat waves underscore challenges for electric grids under stress made more acute by climate change.

As blistering heat sets in, power grids in the Western US face a new round of challenges
smart thermostats
Jeff St. John

OhmConnect bets $100M that free smart thermostats can prevent summer blackouts in California

Can a million grid-responsive households beat power plants and battery farms to balance a clean-powered grid?

OhmConnect bets $100M that free smart thermostats can prevent summer blackouts in California
California
Emma Foehringer Merchant

Western wildfires suppressed solar output in 2020

Wildfires exacerbated by climate change darkened the skies above solar projects across the U.S. West last year.

Western wildfires suppressed solar output in 2020
offshore wind
Jeff St. John

Biden administration seeks to pave the way for 4.6GW of offshore wind off California’s coast

A plan to offer leases by 2022 is only the first of many steps to enable West Coast floating wind turbine farms.

Biden administration seeks to pave the way for 4.6GW of offshore wind off California’s coast
Diablo Canyon
Jeff St. John

California may build 11.5GW of almost all carbon-free resources to replace its last nuclear plant

Regulators have decided that adding 7.5 GW by 2026 won’t be enough after the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant closes. Can California build so much clean and reliable grid capacity in time?

California may build 11.5GW of almost all carbon-free resources to replace its last nuclear plant
electric vehicles
Elizabeth McCarthy

EV charger installations in California are bogged down by local permitting

A six-year-old permitting law hasn’t unblocked installation delays — so state lawmakers are now considering mandates.

EV charger installations in California are bogged down by local permitting
rolling blackouts
Jeff St. John

California’s race to secure its grid against summer blackouts

Gigawatt-scale batteries and more demand-side resources are lined up. But weather extremes still threaten to stress California’s grid beyond its limits.

California’s race to secure its grid against summer blackouts
building electrification
Jeff St. John

California's proposed building code boosts all-electric, but it doesn’t stop natural gas

Heat pumps will be the baseline tech, but natural gas can still be in new buildings through mid-decade at least. Will city and county bans push past state codes?

California's proposed building code boosts all-electric, but it doesn’t stop natural gas
net metering
Jeff St. John

The battle over net metering 3.0 in California: Energy equity and the future of rooftop solar

Utilities and solar groups are fighting over the cost shift. But both agree the next stage in policy must bring low-income customers and fundamental grid needs into balance.

The battle over net metering 3.0 in California: Energy equity and the future of rooftop solar