Sheila Kuehl

Californians pay a lot for electricity they don't need

Californians pay a lot for electricity they don't need

Good morning. It’s Monday, Feb. 6, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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Sticker shock

California has a big and growing glut of electric power, an investigation by the Los Angeles Times has found. The state’s power plants are on track to be able to produce at least 21% more electricity than it needs by 2020, based on official estimates. And that doesn’t even count the soaring production of electricity by rooftop solar panels that has added to the surplus. To cover the expense of new plants whose power isn’t needed — Colusa, for example, has operated far below capacity since opening —...

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