Blackouts

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Editor’s Note: Read an interview with Caleb Crain about his writing process. Maybe if there had been someone willing and able to hold him completely, so that his gift left him altogether, he would have accepted the loss for the sake of the connection and…

California Requests Federal Emergency Order to Avert Blackouts

Following a September 6 request from California’s Independent System Operator (CAISO) (pdf), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a rare 7-day emergency order (pdf) to preserve the reliability of California’s bulk power system. The order authorized three natural gas-fueled power stations to operate at…

California Braces for More Rolling Blackouts

California residents were warned Saturday evening of the imminent possibility of rolling electricity blackouts due to high demand in the middle of a another heat wave. 0…

Amid Blackouts, California Votes on Reprieve for 4 Gas Power Plants

California’s State Water Resources Control Board will vote Tuesday on a proposed amendment (pdf) to current state policy on the use of coastal and estuarine waters for the ‘once-through cooling’ (OTC) of 4 gas-fired power plants due to be retired at the end of 2020.…

The Battle for the Future of the GOP Is No Contest

Tim Scott stood in front of a row of American flags in a stately, COVID-emptied Washington, D.C., auditorium, talking about family. The South Carolina Republican explained that his grandfather, who grew up in the segregated South and never learned to read or write, had to…

The Exponential Threat of Pandemic Wildfires

Eleven thousand lightning strikes, 370 wildfires, a pandemic, a heat wave, and rolling blackouts—California has endured a lot this week. Hundreds of thousands of acres have burned, and tens of thousands of people have had to evacuate. The largest of the blazes—the LNU Lightning Complex…

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