California is generating so much solar energy, it’s paying other states to take it

According to a recent expose in the Los Angeles Times, California’s solar boom is growing so fast and with such intensity that utility regulators are frequently paying neighboring states to absorb surplus production. The forces behind this baffling problem are largely due to the falling cost of solar, the state’s major energy players, and the struggle to find the best way to incorporate a clean energy source that has become increasingly decentralized into the power grid.

“It’s not the renewables that’s the problem; it’s the state’s renewable policy that’s the problem,” Gary Ackerman, president of the Western Power Trading Forum, an association of independent power producers, told the LA Times. “We’re curtailing renewable energy in the summertime months. In the spring, we have to give people money to take it off our hands.”


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