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by Julian Spector
September 01, 2020

It’s not often that we get to put the future grid to a real-world test and see how it performs.

That happened during California’s historic August heat wave and the electricity shortages it created. After years building up a nation-leading market for renewables, energy storage and distributed energy resources, California faced the heat wave with a grid system that looks more like what the future holds than what you see in most other states.

These new tools did not save the day.