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California Mismanagement Guarantee Many Power Outages

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Brian Wang is a business-oriented futurist, speaker and author of emerging and disruptive technologies. He is the sole author and writer of, a science-focused news site that...

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California customers have over 20 times the annual minutes of power outage as electrical customers in France. California has over 200 times the annual minutes of power outage as electrical customers in Japan. California customers have three times more annual minutes of power outage than the US average. The sources of the problems are how California has chosen to mismanage electrical supply, electrical grid and forests. On various nights during the recent heatwaves, natural gas plants provided 60% of California’s electricity over large regions. California had planned to shut four of those natural gas power plants in 2020. They have
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Matt Chester on Sep 10, 2020

Not that it's helpful or an excuse or reason not to hold CA accountable, but I'm curious if any of the comparisons included here or really elsewhere have the same geographical situation of California in terms of droughts, heatwaves, wildfires, and similar risks. Those risks need to be accounted for and can't be used as an excuse, of course, but is CA unique in that sense or are there similar regions where the grids tackle these specific challenges more successfully?

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