California barely avoided blackouts during heat wave. Was that a win or a wake-up call?

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The Sacramento Bee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It was a 10-day test of California’s ability to keep the lights on and maintain its green-energy crusade, an unprecedented heat wave that pushed the state’s power grid to the brink of rolling blackouts. And as far as California policymakers are concerned, the state did just fine. Despite one close call on the worst night, the Independent System Operator, which manages the grid, got through the relentless 110-degree weather without ever running out of electricity. “We are squeaking by, and I think that is a remarkable achievement,” said Michael Wara, a Stanford University c…

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