Wednesday, August 30, 2006

California Energy Commission: State Dodged a Bullet.

In a public hearing yesterday, the California Energy Commission acknowledged that the state's electricity system performed surprisingly well during the recent heat wave, for the most part holding up in the face of record demand. The CEC noted however, that major system-wide improvements are still required.

In July, demand for electricity soared to a record 50,270 megawatts, exceeding the projected peak demand of 47,000 megawatts. 138 deaths were blamed on the heatwave.

Energy System Worries Officials [Contra Costa Times]