Despite high air conditioning use and demand for electricity, California nonetheless survived its worst heat wave in 11 years without any major blackouts and with megawatts to spare. Billions of dollars in new power plants and an explosion in solar and wind farms made the state’s electricity supply network – once a national laughingstock – remarkably robust. Today’s market has far more capacity than it did during the energy crisis of 2001. Back then, supply shortages and rampant market manipulation produced three days of rolling blackouts during winter, when electricity demand was well below that seen this week. California consumers also have become better at conservation. The state’s population grew 14 percent between 2000 and 2014. Its economy grew 27 percent. But its electricity consumption increased by only 7.5 percent during that time, according to the California Energy Commission.
– via the Sacramento Bee