California to install temporary gas generators

Five 30MW generators will help bolster three Californian power plants.

Officials in California approved a measure to procure 5 30MW gas-fueled generators for temporary use amidst California’s ongoing energy shortage. Officials from California’s Energy Commission and the Department of Water Resources worked together on a project to determine where these units could be most effective, settling on 3 gas-fired power plants. Bloomberg News reports that the units are set to be installed and operational by mid-September.

The measure was taken due to Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent emergency proclamation seeking ways to bolster the Californian power grid in light of tremendous strain brought on by drought and subsequent wildfires. The proclamation temporarily eases some of the regulations levied against the energy industry. Said regulations had been implemented in California’s pursuit of reaching carbon neutrality by 2035.