Last week’s decision by California utilities to halt power to about two million residents, to avoid downed electricity lines sparking wildfires, plunged parts of the Golden State into darkness – and raised the question of why the world’s fifth-largest economy can’t keep its lights on. James Sweeney, a Hoover Institution senior fellow who studies electricity market problems, explains why this is a matter of risk management in America’s wealthiest and most populous state.

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  1. colleenb Member
    colleenb Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    More hopeful take on the current energy problem in California. I do think a big difference between the past rolling blackouts and the energy cutoffs of today is how long the electricity is off. This seems like a major difference that wasn’t addressed by Mr. Sweeney.

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    • October 18, 2019, at 11:42 AM PDT
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    the recent fire in the bay area occurred after the power went out.

    the reason for turning the power off was to prevent fires.

    stupid policies, stupid politicians are the main reasons for california’s power outages.


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    • October 19, 2019, at 3:16 AM PDT
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