By RICHARD HARRIS The blackout affecting nearly 1 million Californias power grid has shut down the countrys largest wind turbines, the biggest solar power station and some other critical energy assets, according to the latest data from the state’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Power outages have hit California and Nevada especially hard, with the most severe and widespread outages affecting people living in the Pacific Northwest and California’s Central Valley, according data from USGS.
The state has seen power outages since at least early April, and more than 40,000 customers have been affected, with some more than 1.4 million outages.
The outages are due to the installation of more than 10,000 solar PV and wind turbines across California, the Bureau of Energy Resources (BER) said in a statement.
The bureau says that, as of June 30, it had identified over 13,700 sites that are affected, most of which are on public lands, including those on public and private lands in Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
These installations were mostly located on public or private lands and are currently undergoing review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which regulates energy production and distribution.
The Bureau of Public Utilities said that outages in Nevada were particularly devastating as the state has one of the most heavily populated power grids in the country.
About two million of the states largest residential and commercial customers lost power in the grid outages, and the impact on these customers has been particularly severe.
The most extensive outage occurred in the central California desert, which includes Mojave National Park and some of the nation’s largest open spaces.
In California, power outage data shows that the state had 1.8 million out of an estimated 3.3 million power out-ages in the first three months of 2017.
Power outage in Nevada hit its peak on January 31, when more than 7,000 homes and businesses lost power, according the BER.
“Outages in California were more severe than those in the Central Valley and Nevada, with over 10,300 outages reported in the second quarter alone,” the bureau said.
The state had also seen more than 400,000 outages on the East Coast, with more than 2.1 million in the third quarter alone.
The biggest outages affected in California occurred in Oregon and Oregon’s Interior.
In Oregon, more than 6,500 homes lost power and a number of buildings were damaged.
In Nevada, the largest outages occurred in Nevada City, where nearly 10,700 people lost power.
Power outage in California has led to several fires in Nevada.
In April, a fire burned through a residential area in Reno, destroying at least five homes and injuring a sheriff’s deputy.
Power outAGES in California have also caused major road and rail accidents, with at least four people injured in accidents involving generators.
Poweroutages in Colorado and New Mexico have also impacted Colorado, which has one the most extensive renewable energy systems in the US.
Powerouts in Oregon, which is also one of several states that has solar power, have also led to power outfalls and power outAGES that are causing massive infrastructure disruptions across the US, including the closure of the George Washington Bridge in Washington.
The BER said in its statement that the outage affects about 1.2 million people, with an estimated 5.6 million affected by outages and 5.1 billion in potential exposure to energy shortages.
California has also had significant outages caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which began in March and has affected millions of Californias electricity customers.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on Monday that California had seen a 4.3% jump in COVID-19-related power outfall deaths and an additional 0.9% rise in non-COVID-18-related deaths, leading to an estimated 2.2 billion exposures to the virus.
California is also seeing the worst outages from wildfires, which have forced many communities to shut down power production and transmission and cut power demand.
The agency said that its California Office of Emergency Management had estimated the number of homes and buildings that have been damaged or lost due to wildfires in the state would exceed 12.8 billion by the end of the year.