Southern California faces potential risk of power shortage in summer

Southern California faces potential risk of power shortage in summer

Households and businesses in Southern California may possibly suffer power shortage in summer as power generation plants in the region could lack the needed natural gas, the state electric grid’s chief said.

Steve Berberich, CEO of the California Independent System Operator, urged Southern California residents to try their best to conserve electricity during high demand period because power plants won’t be able to rely on Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility to get enough fuel to generate electricity.

Operated by Southern California Gas Co., Aliso Canyon was forced to go offline due to a massive leak in one of its wells. The leak forced the company to close the well and authorities to issues evacuation orders for thousands of nearby residents.

Speaking on the topic, Berberich said, “The natural gas issues facing Southern California this summer will require deft management, particularly during hot days when power plants fueled by natural gas are needed to meet peak demand.”

Berberich added that the state’s electric grid is also asking consumers to respond to its calls for conserving electricity during period of high demand.

The Golden State currently has a capacity to generate 54,459 megawatts of electricity; while the state’s all-time highest summer peak demand was 50,270 megawatts in July 2006.