NO, IT DOESN’T: California runs on 100% clean energy for the first time, with solar dominating… California ISO imports 26% of its electricity from other states.

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For the first time ever, California, the world’s fifth-largest economy, was powered by 100% clean energy on Saturday, April 30. That milestone was driven largely by solar power.

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California’s 100% clean energy milestone

Energy demand statewide reached 18,672 megawatts at 2:45 pm, with 37,172 MW available. (Excess is exported to neighboring states.) 101% of the power provided came from clean energy, according to a continuous tracker provided by California Independent System Operator (CAISO), a nonprofit that oversees the operation of the state’s bulk electric power system, transmission lines, and electricity market generated and transmitted by its member utilities.

  • New data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows Californians are using significantly more power than they generate, importing more than a quarter of daily use, on average.
  • The state imports a net daily average of 201 billion kWh from other western regions, or about 26% of its average daily demand.
  • California imported power from the two other regions in the Western Interconnect (WECC), said the EIA, which began tracking and publishing data last year focused on hourly operating data and electricity interchanges between electric systems.
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