California Renewable Curtailments Surge as Coronavirus Cuts Demand
APRIL 2, 2020
California grid operator CAISO has been curtailing renewable energy at record levels this year, as the state’s ever-rising share of solar power during daylight hours increasingly outpaces electricity demand. Adding to its challenges, the grid operator is now contending with falling power demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Grid operator ISO New England reported 3 percent to 5 percent declines in system demands in the previous week.