In less than five years, 50% of California’s electrical power will be supplied by renewable energy, and the weekend heat wave provided Gov. Newsom an early opportunity to test the ability of the new “green grid” to successfully shut off power to hundreds of thousands of people with no warning.
“These blackouts, which occurred without prior warning or time for preparation between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m., demonstrate exactly the kind of green energy capability California government has been shooting for,” Newsom said at a meeting of energy professionals on Sunday.
“The overall picture is that the California energy grid successfully ran out of energy,” said UC Berkeley professor Severin Snape. “California relies on a lot of solar energy during the day, and of course solar energy goes away when the sun sets.”
Newsom noted that “residents, communities and other governmental organizations did not receive sufficient warning that these de-energizations would occur, which is exactly what we expect to happen — but on a much larger scale — as the state moves toward 100% renewable energy in 2045.”
To give voters voters a better preview of their future on a Progressive-run power grid, the state will conduct further tests this week. The effects of 60% renewable energy will be simulated on Wednesday, and on Saturday the grid will shut down completely to test 100% renewable energy.