Watch California energy demand/availability in real-time (It ain’t pretty today.)
Margery Conner - August 29, 2007
It’s the end of summer in California and we’re entering what is traditionally some pretty miserable hot summer weather – which means that the electricity demand throughout the sate is surging. Yesterday set a new record for energy usage at 45,888 MW, and today is predicted to blow right past that mark. You can watch current system demand, demand forecast, and the available resources forecast all on the same chart, at the California ISO website, updated every ten minutes. (Cal-ISO manages most of the state’s electricity grid.) So far it looks like actual demand is running slightly ahead of the forecast for today, despite pleas today to conserve power usage.
(This is just a snapshot of the chart a little before noon. Click on the Cal-ISO link for the latest update.)