September 1, 2020

Enel X helps to find the solution to avoid the blackouts in California

California's regulators will conduct a post-mortem into the rolling blackouts that occurred in the state for the first time in two decades recently, affecting hundreds of thousands of customers in the midst of a record-breaking heatwave. The regulators intend to perform a root cause analysis after the heatwave passes, with an eye to prevent similar blackouts from happening in the future.


Enel X has been using a combination of demand response, storage and EV charging units to bring down consumption by about 150 MW a day, Surya Panditi, head of Enel X North America, said.


Essentially, Panditi thinks of these programs as a "win-win-win" — it's good for the environment since it reduces electricity consumption, the customer is paid, and it helps handle extreme situations like the one California found itself in recently.


Find out more about this situation in California here.