California sure has been in the news a lot lately and it doesn't seem like any of it is good news.
Most of what we've been seeing has to do with the energy crisis that the state is going through. This is at least the second consecutive year that California has dealt with a burden on the power grid, but if I'm not mistaken, it goes back further than that.
They always seem to have trouble with their electric grid for some reason or another. According to the New York Post, back in 2019, an elderly man who was dependent on an oxygen machine died after power was shut off to his home.
He wasn't the only one who lost power, the power company shut off power to millions of Californians in order to try to prevent wildfires during the dry and windy weather conditions amid massive forest fires.
Now, California is in such bad shape that they're now resorting to activating gas generators for the first time ever as their electric grid suffers.
“We have now entered the most intense phase of this heat wave,” said Elliot Mainzer, president and chief executive of the California Independent System Operator, according to The Sacramento Bee.
“The potential for rotating outages has increased significantly.”
He added that the grid faced “energy deficits of 2,000 to 4,000 megawatts, which is as much as 10 percent of normal electricity demand.”
How's the electric grid doing in California? It's high noon, and renewables are only producing 32.4% of the state's electricity needs. State officials want to close the gas-powered plants that are currently providing 45.1% of the electricity that keeps the lights on. pic.twitter.com/7jk1MKUZWM
— Susan Shelley (@Susan_Shelley) September 6, 2022
Yet, this is the Governor who is making it illegal to sell gas-fueled cars by the year 2035 according to MSN.
Sooo... California, who will ban the sale of new gas cars by 2035, is now having blackouts and declared an electric grid emergency... lol... got it.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) September 6, 2022
If their grid can't handle everyday life right now, what makes them think that they're going to be able to handle tens of millions more electric vehicles in just over 10 years? Does he realize how much work needs to be accomplished in the next 10 years and how much money it would take to do this?