Extra electricity, but no price relief

Fueled by a dated system that does not always respond to market incentives or pressure, costs and surpluses of energy have both grown in California, raising pointed questions about what residents should expect from rates and regulations alike.

“California has a big — and growing — glut of power,” as the Los Angeles Times announced in a detailed report. “The state’s power plants are on track to be able to produce at least 21 percent 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.”

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