California less likely to have blackouts thanks to solar, big batteries

By Josh Saul and Tope Alake | Bloomberg

California’s risk of blackouts has fallen as more renewable energy and batteries are added to its power grid, reducing the need to import electricity from other regions, industry regulators said Wednesday.

The grid has been designated “elevated risk,” which means it has enough energy for normal conditions but could fall short in extreme weather, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. said in its latest long-term reliability report. That’s actually an improvement over last year’s designation of “high risk,” meaning shortfalls were more likely and additional power sources were needed.

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