Climate Change in Los Angeles County: Grid Vulnerability to Extreme Heat

Grid vulnerabilities to potential future heat waves described by climate change projections were assessed throughout Los Angeles County (LAC). Heat waves have posed serious challenges to power infrastructure in Southern California, including a major blackout in 2011 and emergency curtailment in 2014, and understanding how future temperature change might impact the power system is critically important for its continued reliable operation. Potential increases in peak demand, resource adequacy requirements, and component over-loadings were forecast for ranges of scenarios from 2021-2060.

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