Natural gas kept things cool as California baked

By Renewable Energy World Data source: California Independent System Operator

Data analyzed by the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) show that California’s grid relied heavily on natural gas-fired generating resources during an early September heat wave. The share of electric power generated by nuclear, solar, wind, batteries, and other sources actually fell.

An extreme heat wave affected California the week of September 4, driving record-breaking demand for electricity to meet increased air-conditioning use. On September 6, a new record was set in the California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO) territory.

CAISO, the grid operator for most of the state, issued appeals for consumer energy conservation throughout the

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