Wednesday: An energy expert explains the stress on California’s energy grid and what’s likely to be ahead.
When demand exceeded supply in a recent heat wave, electricity stored at businesses and even homes was called into service. With proper management, batteries could have made up for an offline gas plant.
Scores of power plants were down or operating below their capacity just as hot weather drove up demand.
Managers of the electric system argue that a lack of power prompted the decision to enact blackouts, though demand this weekend fell short of the state’s peak years.
The utility, which recently emerged from bankruptcy, is upgrading power lines, trimming trees and making other changes to prevent another big fire.
The vote increases the likelihood that the utility will resolve its case by a June 30 deadline and get future liability protection from the state.
California state regulators are trying to hold up the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, saying the companies don’t yet have approval to combine their operations in the state.
T-Mobile and Sprint announced yesterday that the merger is a done deal and that the two companies are now one. But while the companies had almost all approvals from government authorities, they have not yet gotten the expected approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The CPUC is scheduled to vote on the merger approval and related conditions on April 16.
In response to yesterday’s T-Mobile/Sprint announcement, the CPUC issued a ruling that says the companies “shall not begin merger of their California operations until after the CPUC issues a final decision on the pending applications.”