Under blackout threat, California may keep gas power plants state rushed to close California officials are determining whether to give an extension to four gas plants that were expected to shut down by 2020.
The state, which has made a big push toward green energy, has faced an energy shortage
The four plants located along the California coast, which use ocean water for cooling purposes, were scheduled to close sometime in the next few years and be replaced by green energy sources as the state approaches its 2030 deadline to use 60 percent green energy by 2030.
Blackout concerns, however, may allow the companies to receive extensions of up to three years to continue their operations after California saw rolling blackouts on Aug. 14 and 15 following a heat wave that caused failures within its electrical system, the Times reported.
“We cannot sacrifice reliability as we move forward in this transition,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom said last week, according to the Times, as he urged residents to use less power amid more blackout threats. “We’re going to be much more aggressive in focusing our efforts and our intention in making sure that is the case.”
He added that the state “failed to predict and plan [for] these shortages, and that’s simply unacceptable.” Fox Business read more