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California rolling blackouts during summer heat wave caused by 3 main factors, report says
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The first statewide power outages in California in nearly 20 years that left the state with rolling blackouts in August was due to a combination of factors that included an "extreme heat storm," according to a report released Tuesday.
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The Calfornia Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Energy Commission, and California Independent System Operator (ISO), which manages most of the state's electric flow, said in their joint report that planning targets have not kept pace with climate change-induced extreme weather events and transition to renewable energy.
“The extreme heat storm in August was an extraordinary one-in-35-year event that, with climate change, is unfortunately becoming more common,” CPUC President Marybel Batjer said in a statement. “We will absolutely adjust our planning, procurement, and market policies to meet these changing circumstances and ensure our energy future is clean, reliable, and affordable for all Californians.”
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The state groups were ordered by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to investigate the rotating outages that impacted the state for two straight days on Aug. 14 and 15.