Remember the brownouts of 2001? It could happen again, according to Steve Berberich, chief executive of California Independent System Operator (ISO), the state’s grid manager. He told the San Diego Union-Tribune that power plants are expecting a shortage of natural gas this summer, particularly during hot days when gas-fueled power plants need to meet peak demand. Berberich explained this potential shortage is due to Southern California Gas (SCG) taking the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility offline after one of the company’s 115 wells leaked, forcing thousands of residents in nearby Porter Ranch to flee their homes. Pictured above are equipment and machinery at Southern California Gas Co’s SS25 natural gas well near Porter Ranch, which is part of the Aliso Canyon facility, where a leak was discovered Oct. 23, 2015. He says the ISO has moved quickly to put new mechanisms in place to reduce the impact of gas curtailments on the reliability of electricity, but urged SoCal residents to respond to calls for energy conservation on days “we call a Flex Alert.”
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