Record Heat Wave in California

The state relied more on natural gas to generate electricity and avoid blackouts, while Governor Gavin Newsom's administration is phasing out the use of oil and gas.

The heat wave that began more than a week ago was hotter and longer than any other in the state, putting unprecedented pressure on power supplies.

Tuesday's demand of 52,000 MW set a record as most parts of the state experienced triple-digit temperatures.

But as warmer weather sets in, natural gas has surpassed renewable energy for more time last week, according to the California Independent System Operator.

Gas was the primary source of energy for the entire day on Tuesday - the expected peak of unforgiving temperatures.

Meanwhile, the state turned on four gas generators for the first time on Monday to add enough electricity to power 120,000 homes.

But some fossil fuel plants in the state have their own reliability issues.

ISO said several power plants, including older gas-fired plants along the California coast, partially failed or produced little energy.

The intensity of the heat wave only highlights the need for California to move away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible, he said.

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