California To Spend $5.2 Billion On ‘Electricity Reserve’ To Avoid Blackouts

California has proposed spending $5.2 billion on creating a “strategic electricity reliability reserve” that would help the state avoid blackouts when its electric grid is stressed, a 2022-2023 budget revision document showed on Friday according to Bloomberg.

California has weathered a fair amount of criticism over its electric grid, which contributed to rolling blackouts as recently as 2020. California warned last week that it could run into electricity shortages this summer with drought, heatwaves, and wildfires continuing to stress the grid.

But renewables and California’s electricity exports have also stressed the grid.

The Reserve will be developed using existing generation capacity that was scheduled to retire, new generation, new storage projects, clean backup generation projects, customer side load reduction capacity that is visible to and dispatchable by CAISO during grid emergencies, and diesel and natural gas backup generation projects – which the budget document stressed would have emission controls and all required permits. – READ MORE

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