California Blackouts Said Caused by Poor Planning, Under-Used Natural Gas Supply

If you had blackouts due to the lack of natural gas would you further limit the supply?  In California that is the goal of Newsom.  Federally, that is the goal of Biden.  So not only must we be lockdown in our homes, unless we have flashlights and candles, it will be in the dark.

“The agencies acknowledged a “shared responsibility” for ordering the outages in response to extreme weather conditions, a lack of adequate resources, and poor planning and marketing practices. The three agencies said “there is more to do” to prepare for summer electricity loads, and for the longer-term future. 

“It is our top priority to ensure we have the demand- and supply-side resources needed to maintain reliability, and this [report] demonstrates how we will do it and continue to decarbonize the grid,” said CPUC President Marybel Batjer.”

They are NOT decarbonizing the grid.  Instead they are making costs high, rationing energy and destabilizing the economy.  Yet, we continue to vote for politicians that PROMISE to kill the economy, increase the cost of living and make the State inhabitable except for the rich, the poor and the illegal alien.  We are committing suicide at the polls.

California Blackouts Said Caused by Poor Planning, Under-Used Natural Gas Supply

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By Rich Nemec, Natural Gas Intelligence,  1/15/21  

A failure for state agencies to conduct integrated planning and miscalculating natural gas supplies contributed to California’s rolling power blackouts during a severe heat storm last August, according to a multi-agency report.

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Energy Commission (CEC) in the report called for expanded oversight to cope with “accelerating climate change demands” to avoid blackouts similar to those on Aug. 14-15. 

The agencies acknowledged a “shared responsibility” for ordering the outages in response to extreme weather conditions, a lack of adequate resources, and poor planning and marketing practices. The three agencies said “there is more to do” to prepare for summer electricity loads, and for the longer-term future. 

“It is our top priority to ensure we have the demand- and supply-side resources needed to maintain reliability, and this [report] demonstrates how we will do it and continue to decarbonize the grid,” said CPUC President Marybel Batjer.

The final report supports findings in October that natural gas resources bid in 300 MW less than the state’s fleet of gas-fired resource adequacy requirements, and there was a 1,000 MW difference between the RA needs and the bids.

“This was attributed largely to forced outages and derates due, at least in part, to the extreme heat,” said the final assessment. The decreases in the available capacity “due to extreme temperatures are not uncommon and in fact increase with the temperature.”

In addition, a 394 MW gas-fired generator reduced its operations on Aug. 15 to about 146 MW based on an erroneous dispatch from CAISO. This was not an outage, but an inadvertent operating error.

The agencies have completed an assessment of the performances of various resources during the heat storm, concluding that the high temperatures affected the capacity, or derate, and efficiency of natural gas. 

The CEC is exploring potential “technology options for increasing the efficiency and flexibility of existing gas-fired power plants.” The CPUC also has issued a ruling to get the most from the state’s existing gas-fired generation fleet that is focused on summer 2021 resources. “All reasonable efforts should be made to increase the efficiency of the existing fleet,” it said of the gas resources.

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Comments

  1. And YET another reason to recall this bird brain! We have rolling blackouts but he and the other liberals are demanding EV cars. Where in the hell will the electricity come from?
    Recall Newsom at RecallGavin2020.com

  2. The nation has 400 years of natural gas reserves. It is a clean burning energy, and reduces carbon emissions. Remember the massive carbon emissions with natural gas and oil seeps was going on in California long before the Spanish showed up.

    A good crisis can be produced long before there is a need for it.

  3. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) California holds 7 of the top 10 cities with the dirtiest air in the United States. Said again, 7 out of 10 in the nation! For decades CA has bilked billions of dollars in taxes toward clean air initiatives. Where are the results??? Population gain as a cause possibly will be their first go to as an only reason and at best that is only a slight consideration. The poor performance high contract costs toward catchy name clean air initiatives the leaders keep engaging in are by far a greater contributor to the poor results. If it was population growth they have control over that too but don’t manage. CA leaders also market themself as the leader for all other cities, states, country, and for that matter the world, to follow them on their poorly managed performance toward clean air so why would others do what they do? Before handing more money in taxes toward clean green initiatives to the leaders California residents need to ask how much for how much. Hold them accountable to produce a result that isn’t some dumbed down criteria.

  4. Richard Wahl says

    I have owned some part of natural gas wells north of Sac for a number of years. Price has been in the toilet for a long time. By the time nuisance gets done, the wells will have to be shut down.

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