Remember those hot days last Labor Day weekend? Who could forget! Those hot, hot days led to electricity service disruptions across the state right when we were relying on electricity to keep us cool. That meant inconvenience for some people and for others, some seriously dangerous conditions. Hot summers are nothing new in LA, but the service disruptions at that scale was something we hadn’t seen in a long while.
The reasons that happened were complex, but we know for sure that climate change will continue to strain how we run our infrastructure, like our electricity system. If we don’t address climate change and rethink how we build our infrastructure to account for a hotter future, last year’s heat storm and power system problems will happen more and more frequently.