more electricity production trivia

I found a chart from this ancient BPA document to illustrate the hourly demand curve in the pacific northwest.

Obviously the pacific northwest is a lot different from California. We have a lot of electric heat that we use in the winter, and there is very little residential air conditioning.
I would think that one big reason our power is so cheap here compared to California is that we dont have to build a lot of generation we dont need for those really high summer peaks driven by air conditioning.


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