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About this blog: Climate change, despite its outsized impact on the planet, is still an abstract concept to many of us. That needs to change. My hope is that readers of this blog will develop a better understanding of how our climate is evolving a... (More)
About this blog: Climate change, despite its outsized impact on the planet, is still an abstract concept to many of us. That needs to change. My hope is that readers of this blog will develop a better understanding of how our climate is evolving and how they want to respond, and will feel comfortable asking questions and exchanging comments on the topic. It is important that we develop a shared understanding of the basic science and impacts of climate change, to make sense of our actions and policy options going forward. My background is not in climate science, and I'm not even particularly green; my hope is that helps to make this blog more relatable. I studied math and neurobiology on the east coast before moving out here in 1987 for grad school in computer science. After working in the tech industry for about 25 years, I retired a few years ago to better align my time with my priorities. I love spending time outdoors, and feel deeply our responsibility to this incredible planet that we call home. (Hide)
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First rolling blackout since 2001 hits Palo Alto! And more are coming!
Uploaded: Aug 14, 2020
You can also find an update (Aug 17) and a wrap-up (Aug 20) on the outages.
Whoa, our power went out (about 4500 homes in Palo Alto) on purpose because the state was running low! First time for these rolling blackouts since 2001. See CAISO's brief explanation of "Stage 3 Emergency" here
This is just a mini blog post, but I'll share more if I learn anything. Below is a snapshot from CAISO's demand page
Prior to the outage, the LA Times writes
that "The California Independent System Operator had issued a statewide flex alert earlier Friday, asking residents to conserve electricity between 3 and 10 p.m. That alert asked consumers to set air conditioner thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, turn off unnecessary lights and not use major appliances."
Was anyone aware of that alert?
Other things I wonder are: (a) why we don't have advanced notice for rolling blackouts and (b) why this happened around 8pm rather than at peak which was closer to 5pm. I also wonder if there was a confluence of things that happened or if this was more or less expected given the forecast. Please share any good info or writeups in the comments...
What is it worth to you?
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