California Seeks Quick Fixes to Prevent Heat-Wave Blackouts Next Summer

By [email protected] California utility regulators want to avoid a repeat of the rolling blackouts that hit during August’s record heat wave. The trick is finding meaningful interventions in time for next summer.

That’s a tight timeline given the pace of regulatory decision-making, but Thursday’s order instituting rulemaking from the California Public Utilities Commission is asking utilities and other stakeholders to weigh in with ideas. Stakeholders will have a chance to propose rule changes and new programs, either to increase electricity supply or lower grid demand during the critical late afternoon and early evening hours by summer next year.

The CPUC isn’t looking for

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