Issues & Analysis: Electric transmission gridlock

California is short of power. The Northwest has little to spare. Wholesale electricity prices are soaring. Insufficient generation is often fingered as the culprit to a growing US power crisis. But the real Achilles heel of the system could be transmission.

Citing the effects of wildfires burning in the West on electricity supply and transmission, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) called a Stage 1 power emergency Tuesday afternoon.

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