Monday, April 4, 2016

USA, California: A Problem With Too Much Sunshine in the Golden State

What Will California Do With Too Much Solar? (KQED)

On March 27, solar farms had to shut down because they were producing more electricity than Californians needed.

It’s becoming a growing concern for those running the grid at the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). At their Folsom headquarters, a team continually manages the power supply for most of the state, keeping the lights on for some 30 million people.

“It’s constantly solving a constant problem, meaning you’re always trying to balance,” says Nancy Traweek, who directs system operations for the grid.

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