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State of California still relies heavily on fossil fuels

The state of California continues to rely heavily upon fossil fuel-fired power plants to ensure its residents and businesses have access to reliable electricity amid the ongoing heat wave. According to data compiled by the California Independent System Operator, more than 40% of the state's total power grid supply derived from natural gas on Sunday, the largest share of any source. Renewable power, mainly solar energy, accounted for nearly 34%, but was only the largest energy source during peak sunlight hours between about 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The state's grid is dependent on fossil fuel plants during the nighttime and morning hours when solar energy infrastructure isn't producing up to its capacity. That includes the period of highest electricity demand at around 7 p.m. when, on Sunday, natural gas generated 45% of the state's power compared to the 27% generated by renewables. "California’s climate goals comes with a high cost that the public needs to understand," Kevin Slagle, a spokesperson for the Western States Petroleum Association, told Fox News Digital. "The state will need three times the electricity production we have today, 30 times the number of EVs on the road and energy infrastructure will need to be built at a historical pace."https://www.foxnews.com/politics/california-relying-fossil-fuels-critical-power-amid-record-heat-wave-we-need-natural-gas?intcmp=tw_fnc

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  • George Kariuki

    45 w

    Very disappointing coming from a big state like California. It is essential for California and other regions to develop comprehensive energy strategies that prioritize renewable energy expansion.

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    • Jane Wangui

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      California should rethink their stand on fossil fuels.When other countries are transitioning they will be left behind.

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      • rosebellendiritu

        45 w

        It's very sad to rely on fossils when we want transition to renewable energy.

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        • winnie nguru

          45 w

          Even after experiencing heatwaves in July this is still happening?

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          • johnte ndeto

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            Big states like carlifonia ought to lead by example fossil fuels are not best for our climate

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            • Richard Orengo

              45 w

              It is incomprehensible for Carlifornia to rely heavily on fossil fuels while the world is trying to do away with greenhouse gas emmissions.

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              • Peter Kamau

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                California ought to wean itself from fossil fuels as soon as possible.

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                • Christine Bro

                  45 w

                  The issue is to reduce carbon emissions and transition to renewables as a fast as possible, it’s clearly with the government energy policies in California to make this work!

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                  • Christine Bro

                    45 w

                    The issue to effectively solve the climate crisis as it

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