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Why Buffett Needs West to Get Over Enron and Link Power Grids

  • Grids a patchwork with little cooperation as legacy of crisis
  • Solar and wind farms shut down when power has nowhere to flow
An empty coal train passes underneath power lines leading away from the Duke Energy Corp. Gibson Station power plant in Owensville, Indiana, U.S., on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Coal reclaimed its ranking as the top fuel for generating electricity at U.S. power plants in May, beating natural gas, which took the number one spot for the first time in April.
Photographer: Luke Sharett/Bloomberg
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California has more renewable energy than it can handle.

Elsewhere in the U.S., states with extra power hand it off to neighbors when they need it. That’s not happening in the West, where cooperation among electrical grids has historically been an issue. The result: Individual providers can find themselves shutting down their extra power rather than sending it elsewhere.