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Why are energy prices so high? Some experts blame deregulation.

California and the 34 other states that have deregulated all or parts of their electricity system tend to have higher rates than the rest of the country.
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Dodging blackouts, California faces new questions on its power supply

Extreme heat is testing the way energy is generated, delivered and traded — and raising the prospect of perpetual emergencies.

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Climate change is straining California’s energy system, officials say

Torrid heat, raging wildfires and prolonged drought are putting California residents at increased risk of power outages, officials said Friday, as extreme weather driven by climate change puts additional stress on the state’s already-taxed energy grid.

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Will California keep the lights on when Diablo Canyon shuts down?

California faces the challenge of weaning itself from nuclear power, without jeopardizing the reliability of our electric grid, and without triggering an increase in emissions from fossil fuel power sources.

Its electric grid under strain, California turns to batteries
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Its electric grid under strain, California turns to batteries

When demand exceeded supply in a recent heat wave, electricity stored at businesses and even homes was called into service. With proper management, batteries could have made up for an offline gas plant.
Poor planning left California short of electricity in a heat wave
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Poor planning left California short of electricity in a heat wave

Scores of power plants were down or operating below their capacity just as hot weather drove up demand.
California expresses frustration as blackouts enter 4th day
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California expresses frustration as blackouts enter 4th day

The agency that manages the state’s electric grid says rolling blackouts are needed to balance supply and demand. But the governor said regulators were not prepared.
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