Clean power is a national aim that grows in popularity as many states and countries are considering to instate. It is said that alternative sources of energy help save the environment and diminish national expenses considerably. The California grid is among the latest players who diversified its power sources with renewable energy. As of recently, the network paid its efforts off thanks to solar, wind, and hydroelectric plants.
ISO Released Report with Great Performance of Renewable Energy over the Weekend
Last weekend, power diversification at the California grid reached a new milestone. The California Independent System Operator, who supervises the electric power system of the state, reported a record renewable energy production of 67.2% of the overall state consumption. This rate left a 13.5% of power coming from massive hydropower facilities out.
On Saturday, most of the renewable energy that supplied citizens came mostly from solar and wind plants. On the other hand, the Operator did not count assets generated by rooftop solar units that are slowly turning into a trend in California. As such, on Saturday alone, renewable energy represented 42% of the total power generated by the California grid. Once again, these numbers neglected an additional batch of clean power coming from hydropower plants.
The director of policy at the Center for Sustainable Energy, Sachu Constantine, stated that this is good news for the renewable energy industry. The official was impressed by how much clean energy the grid relied on and greeted the big potential of this kind of power.
California Wants to Get 66% of Its Elecricity from Clean Sources by 2030
California is one of the parties involved in the Paris Agreement that shows willingness to keep its resolutions on Climate Change. In alignment with this environmental direction, the state adopted laws that require citizens to receive 33% of their energy power from clean sources by 2020. After this deadline, the stakes should be increased by 50% by the year of 2030. The state seems to be on the right track. Last year, the California grid collected 32.3% of its power from renewable sources already.
Moreover, this record batch of renewable energy can only go up from now on. In the following months, authorities expect a more productive period thanks to a sunny summer and hydroelectricity reserves accumulated over winter.
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