Level 1 energy emergency alert in California
International Business News – According to “Bloomberg” reports, at about 3:10 p.m. local time in California on Wednesday, the California Independent System Operator issued a level 1 energy emergency alert after drawing all of its available power supply. The California government has asked households and businesses to conserve electricity, warning of an expected power shortage in the state.
According to reports, this summer, California suffered its worst drought in 1,200 years, covering almost every inch of California’s land, and putting rivers and reservoirs in a very dangerous state. About 10 percent of California’s electricity comes from hydroelectric dams, which have shut down several natural gas power plants in recent years, and successive high temperatures and droughts have caused power shortages. The report pointed out that the energy crisis in Europe caused by the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and the record temperature caused by climate change have affected the global power grid.
California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an emergency proclamation yesterday, relaxing environmental rules for gas-fired power plants, allowing them to run at full capacity in high temperatures, prompting businesses to pull power off the grid, use backup generators, and require California’s busy ports of ships generate their own electricity when they are docked.
The governor of California is pushing for legislation to extend the life of California’s largest nuclear power plant by five years, which was originally scheduled to close in 2025, to prop up the grid and prevent blackouts as the state transitions to renewable energy, according to Bloomberg. “This is critical to ensuring our future energy reliability,” California’s governor said.