© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Power lines are shown as California consumers brace for further possible outages after weekend outages to reduce system strain during a brutal heat wave amid the coronavirus outbreak coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Carlsbad, California, United States, August
By Nicholas Groom
(Reuters) – California energy officials said on Friday they issued a sober forecast for the state’s power grid, saying it lacks the capacity to keep the lights on this summer and beyond if heat waves, wildfires or other extreme events wreak havoc.
The state projects a deficit of 1,700 megawatts this year, a number that could reach 5,000 MW if the grid is taxed by multiple challenges that reduce available power while driving demand soaring, officials said. state during an online briefing with reporters.
In 2025, the state will still have a capacity shortfall of about 1,800 MW, officials from the California Energy Commission, Public Utilities Commission, California Independent System Operator and Governor Gavin’s office said. Newsom.
Electricity planning in California has been called into question as devastating wildfires have cut transmission lines and extreme heat and drought spells have hampered hydroelectricity supplies. Officials said traditional electricity demand forecasts do not account for such extreme events caused by climate change.
At the same time, many solar farms and energy storage projects the state has commissioned over the past two years have been delayed due to supply chain issues during the pandemic and a recent federal trade investigation into solar imports.
“We are now in a place where we have to take into account a new landscape in terms of the challenge ahead of us to bring the projects that we need online,” said Karen Douglas, adviser to California Governor Gavin Newsom, during of the conference. Report.