President, T 2 & Associates
California has an electricity problem and there are many to blame but the solution in front of all eyes is natural gas as an alternative source of heat.
I sit here at my computer this morning after suffering through the latest “PSPS” (public safety power shutoff), which left me without electricity a total of ten full days in October. Kind of ironic given my 45+ years in energy policy–and frustrating too since this is less an Act of God than an Act of Man–or Government.
I understand the need to reduce fire risk in California’s hot dry climate where utilities (such as PG&E) need to de-energize power lines lest they spark when blown down or branches fall on them. But there’s got to be a better way than leaving literally millions in the dark for days, only to get maybe six hours of power before losing it again for 2–3 days.
As an Indian friend said half in jest “If I’d known it was going to be like this, I’d have stayed in Delhi.”