It conveys electricity in the climate of a crisp fall day, but only under pressures comparable to what you’d find closer to Earth’s core.
Grid managers ordered rolling blackouts across the state during a heat wave in August for the first time in two decades.
Embracing solar panels to save money, homeowners have made the country a powerhouse in renewable energy.
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.
With the coronavirus spreading fast in Gaza, the sides agreed to stop bombarding each other, and Israel said it would resume fuel supplies. A cash infusion from Qatar helped seal the deal.
Scores of power plants were down or operating below their capacity just as hot weather drove up demand.
The agency that manages the state’s electric grid says rolling blackouts are needed to balance supply and demand. But the governor said regulators were not prepared.
Under pressure from governments and investors, industry leaders like BP and Shell are accelerating their production of cleaner energy.
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.
Overwhelmed by demand, California’s power grid imposed rotating blackouts, while the coronavirus crisis created a dilemma for those who were unable to stay cool at home.
For residents of Connecticut and New York who are still without power, frustration with utility companies grew as temperatures rose.
The utility, which recently emerged from bankruptcy, is upgrading power lines, trimming trees and making other changes to prevent another big fire.
As coal declines and wind and solar energy rise, some are pushing to limit the use of natural gas, but utilities say they are not ready to do so.
A judge approved a plea agreement between the California utility and a prosecutor after hearing from people whose lost loved ones were killed in the Camp Fire.
The California utility agreed to pay a nearly $2 billion fine for causing the blaze, which killed dozens and destroyed the town of Paradise.
The California utility has agreed to pay a nearly $2 billion fine for causing the blaze, which killed dozens and destroyed the town of Paradise.
Trying to cut spending as the pandemic reduces tax revenue, governments are finding it easier to lift restraints on what consumers pay for fuel.
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.
The vote to accept a $13.5 billion deal will help the California utility resolve its bankruptcy in time to qualify for a state wildfire fund.
Some researchers hope a decades-old technology might get its moment and be deployed in stores, restaurants and schools.
Some 400 special electric meters in New York apartments provide a shifting view of power use while people are stuck inside.
Bill Johnson joined the troubled utility last year and will leave when the company resolves its bankruptcy case.
Coronavirus in the Navajo Nation exposes underlying vulnerabilities.