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Even before PG&E began shutting off power to millions, California’s electric grid was experiencing rapid changes.

These changes will only accelerate, as the state tries to fight climate change by cleaning up its energy supply. @Sammy_Roth reports:

California’s plans for slashing emissions depend on a stable electric grid delivering clean electricity.

The new reality of preemptive blackouts could frustrate those plans by throwing the grid's reliability into doubt. 📸: Noah Berger/AP  https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2019-10-29/california-power-outages-wildfires-climate-change 

Anxiety about the grid's reliability could complicate efforts to "electrify everything," the mantra adopted by a growing number of climate activists and state policymakers.  https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2019-10-29/california-power-outages-wildfires-climate-change 

Some energy experts say it's important not to let reliability concerns get in the way of electrification.

They say phasing gas out will take decades, while power shutoffs could become less common within a few years. 📸: @latfoto  https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2019-10-29/california-power-outages-wildfires-climate-change 

Electrification advocates see a looming battle between natural gas and electricity, with the power shutoffs as a wild card.

They say preemptive blackouts must be limited so that California's climate programs aren't derailed.  https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2019-10-29/california-power-outages-wildfires-climate-change 

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