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Adequate Electricity Supply This Summer

Courtesy of Cal-ISO
 

Courtesy of Cal-ISO

You won’t be hearing about any “flex alerts” urging you to cut back on electricity use during the hot spell.

“We have plenty of supply on hand and we should be able to weather the hot days.”

Steven Greenlee is with the California Independent System Operator. The agency operates the state’s electricity grid and decides when and where conservation will be helpful when demand is outpacing supply.

Greenlee says the state has nearly 60,000 megawatts of generating capacity.

“For this next couple of hot days we probably will still even be under 40,000 megawatts. So we still have plenty of supply that we can call up.”

Even though the dry winter means hydroelectricity generation will be down and despite the closure of Southern California’s San Onofre nuclear power plant, Greenlee says California will have an adequate supply of electricity this summer.

Steve Milne

Morning Edition Anchor & Reporter

Steve is the voice of Capital Public Radio News as anchor of Morning Edition and Insight. He covers stories on a wide range of topics including: business, education, real estate, agriculture and music. Steve also produced stories for CapRadio.org.   Read Full Bio