California’s Power Crisis
I maintain this topic as a separate section because politicians and policy analysts are prone to forget what happened in California around the turn of the current century. The power crisis then was a man-made catastrophe that is still playing out nearly a quarter centry later. For example, NRG, one of the utilities involved in the scandal, was force to install hundreds of electric vehicle charge stations across the sate as part of its long-overdue settlement with the state of California. Though NRG is no longer involved, that network of stations is now EVgo and an important EV charging network nationwide.
What happened then still haunts California politicians and its regulatory agencies.
Of the 473 commissioners for whom Heern could find information on what they did after they left utility regulation, 50% of them went to work for one of the industries they regulated, or in an industry-adjacent role such as consulting. “That revolving door is definitely alive and well,” Heern told me.
Since the long-term targets are in place – the big question remaining to be answered is how to accomplish these goals. Namely, how to manage the transition from a fossilnuclear system to a mainly renewable energy system at the lowest possible cost and with
More than a decade after the last rolling blackout, Californians could get $1.6 billion in electricity refunds because of market manipulation during the first few months of the energy crisis, officials said Monday. . .
October, 2001 presentation to the League of Women Voters Energy Forum, Bakersfield, California It’s quite a privilege to be …