To avoid blackouts, California may tap fossil fuel plants

The sun sets on a power generating plant in Huntington Beach Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006. Looking to avoid summer power blackouts, California may tap more fossil fuel power. A proposal by Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration would let the state purchase power in emergencies from aging gas plants. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, file)
KATHLEEN RONAYNEThe Associated PressSACRAMENTO (AP) – Looking to avoid power blackouts, California may turn to the one energy source it’s otherwise desperate to get rid of: fossil fuels.A sweeping energy proposal Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Thursday puts the state in the business of buying power to ensure there’s enough to go around during heat waves that strain the grid. But some critics say the method of getting there is at odds with the state’s broader climate goals, because it paves the way for the state to tap aging gas-fired power plants and add backup generators fueled by diesel.The debate highlights the challenge some states are facing as they scramble to address heat waves fueled by climate change without compromising on their pledges to transition to non-foss
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