24 May '16, 12pm

Gas and Power Grid Link Means L.A. Could Be 1 GW Short This Summer

Video: Environmental Defense Fund A Potent Plume: An infrared camera spotted the greenhouse gas methane pouring from California’s Aliso Canyon storage site last year. Grid operators in Southern California are on edge in the aftermath of a massive leak from Aliso Canyon, the region’s largest natural-gas storage facility. With the storage field shuttered until further notice, inadequate supply to gas-fired power plants in the Los Angeles basin could force rolling blackouts this summer, which begins this month. These might affect “millions of utility customers” for up to 14 days, according to a joint report by state agencies and utilities. Southern California‘s dilemma is indicative of the U.S. power supply’s growing exposure to gas pipeline constraints as gas-fired generation has surged, recently overtaking coal as the country’s top electricity source. Unlike coal, which is ...

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