California power grid survives heat wave
July 3, 2013
The California power grid made it through the first heat wave of 2013 minus the San Onofre nuclear plant and another reactor at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant without much trouble. [Reuters]
Diablo Canyon nuclear plant’s Unit 1 was shut down on June 26 for maintenance and remained down until July 2, as it started to cool down.
California’s ISO, which operates the power grid for much of California, issued a “flex alert” on Sunday for Monday and Tuesday. The alert asked people in cooler areas of the state to conserve power in order to avoid a power shortage.
Electricity prices spiked on Tuesday delivery into the $100s per megawatt hour setting a five-year high, but returned to normal summer levels of $60s on Wednesday.