Houston — Scorching temperatures in Southern California during the week of July 23 drove natural gas and electricity prices to extreme highs as demand for gas-fired electric generation surged and a number of restrictions limited gas supply availability.
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A multitude of other factors have contributed to these tight market conditions that are likely to persist into the fall. They include the rapid growth of renewable power generation with its extreme variability, lower hydropower supply and power imports this year, a number of power plan retirements that have affected reliability and more frequent wildfires that threaten transmission lines and power plants.