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TIMELY INSIGHTS: Shift from Natural Gas to Renewables and the Rolling Power Blackouts in California

relevant for planning the transition to a low carbon electric power future. Clearly that transition is underway and needed, but the experience in California these past few days raises important questions about the vulnerabilities associated with dependence on a heavily intermittent system, and the levels of back-up and baseload that should be in place to support such a system. You don’t need baseload dispatchable power until you need it -- and there are likely important lessons in all of this. We’ll be discussing this in future Musings as well, so more to come...


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