Energy in California – Learn More

The energy grid is a highly complex network of generating facilities, voltage transformers, and distribution lines. Browse the articles below to get a better sense of where we get our power, how it gets to you, and how demand response efforts can lighten the load.

California's Electric Grid:  This overview explains California's energy grid from generator to light bulb. Learn about the relationship between generating stations, power utilities, and the grid operators who balance supply with demand.

Peak Demand:  Peak power demand is the most important variable in ensuring reliable power across the grid, and planning for the future. Find out how power demand fluctuates throughout the day and seasons, and why reducing power usage at peak periods is critical to the grid.

Helpful Resources:

The 2013 Summer Loads and Resources Assessment provides an analysis of the upcoming summer supply and demand outlook in the California Independent System Operator balancing authority.