California’s, battling to stabilize its clean energy movement with the requirement to increase stretched power supplies and dodge rolling blackouts, will depend more on fossil fuels in upcoming days to maintain the power if rising heatwaves draw out its grid.The state that has some of the world’s most insistent environmental policies has to face a potential supply deficit of around up to 3,500 megawatts in peak demand time in the upcoming weeks. That is around 2.6 million households’ worth of power supply.
Gavin Newsom, the state Governor, strategizes to fill up that gap in part by enabling industrial energy consumers to operate on diesel engines and generators as per the latest emergency announcement. In addition, the state says that it is developing a plan to counterbalance extra emissions via funding in air quality improvements.
In July, utilities San Diego Gas & Electric and Pacific Gas & Electric warned the Public Utilities Commission of the state regarding the delays in numerous battery projects for storing wind and solar energy for times of high demand. They stated that supply chain disruptions connected to the global COVID-19 pandemic delayed the projects, which were supposed to come online on Aug. 1. The company management would not specify how many were late or assume when the storage amenities would be ready.