So Cal – Officials report power outages may loom in region


FYI: People think if they have solar that when grid goes down they can just run off their solar.  What most people don’t know if they are hooked-up to the grid they will not be able to use their solar.  Check with your solar installer to find out if you can run when the grid is off.

Located in the hills above Porter Ranch, Aliso Canyon is a crucial gas storage facility, supplying 17 power plants in the Los Angeles basin. But the four-month leak that began last October left the facility at one-fifth of its capacity and new injections of gas have been prohibited until all of its wells have passed comprehensive tests.

Officials estimate the storage facility won’t be back online for months, leaving area power plants without a key source of natural gas.

Millions of energy customers could be affected in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange and Riverside counties.

 “These pipelines also cannot transport gas fast enough to meet the hour-by-hour or changing demands of power plants during the summer when electricity demand peaks,” said Mark Rothleder, vice president of the California Independent System Operator, one of four agencies that warned of the blackouts in a draft report released Tuesday.

In addition to the summer blackouts, the region could face an additional eight to 18 days of outages later in the year, according to the report by Rothleder’s agency and the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

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