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California summer hydroelectric supply will be replaced by other sources

Utilities across the country are looking at their summer electricity supplies, and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) is dealing with an especially trying summer because of California’s drought. But according to CAISO’s report, “2015 Summer Loads and Resources Assessment,” electricity supplies will be constant during the summer of 2015, even in the hottest of temperatures.

The report found there will be additional grid reliability this year because of additional generation that has been interconnected to the system, most of it in the form of solar, as well as stable imports and a “moderate” peak demand growth.

“It is always a challenge to operate the grid under the high loads produced by sweltering summer temperatures, but our analysis shows we have the resources available to meet California’s need this year,” said CAISO CEO and President Steve Berberich in a statement. “We will keep a close watch on the system, particularly in Southern California where fires, high demand and transmission congestion can cause concerns.”

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