California is the #3 state with the most power outages in the last year

California is the #3 state with the most power outages in the last year An aging power infrastructure and a growing climate crisis have left U.S. residents increasingly in the dark. Traditionally, power outages are caused by singular disruptions—a car rams into a pole, equipment fails, or a tree falls onto a power line. These incidents usually affect small areas for short periods. However, as the changing climate spurs more natural disasters, power outages also become more frequent and severe. Stacker analyzed data from the Department of Energy to identify the states that have experienced the most power outages since the start of 2021. Data was available through June 2021, so it does not include more recent natural disasters like Hurricane Ida. These states do share one severe weather incident: the arctic blast that caused record low temperatures across 48 states in February 2021. Read on to find out how many power outages your state has experienced this year, or check out the top 15 here. California by the numbers - Total electric disturbance events (2021): 15 --- Most common cause: severe weather - Total electric disturbance events (2020): 55 --- Most common cause: severe weather The Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s outdated power lines sparked the 2018 California Camp Fire, killing 85 people and destroying nearly all of Paradise, California. The company has since taken...

California is the #3 state with the most power outages in the last year

An aging power infrastructure and a growing climate crisis have left U.S. residents increasingly in the dark. Traditionally, power outages are caused by singular disruptions—a car rams into a pole, equipment fails, or a tree falls onto a power line. These incidents usually affect small areas for short periods. However, as the changing climate spurs more natural disasters, power outages also become more frequent and severe.

Stacker analyzed data from the Department of Energy to identify the states that have experienced the most power outages since the start of 2021. Data was available through June 2021, so it does not include more recent natural disasters like Hurricane Ida. These states do share one severe weather incident: the arctic blast that caused record low temperatures across 48 states in February 2021.

Read on to find out how many power outages your state has experienced this year, or check out the top 15 here.

California by the numbers

- Total electric disturbance events (2021): 15
--- Most common cause: severe weather

- Total electric disturbance events (2020): 55
--- Most common cause: severe weather

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s outdated power lines sparked the 2018 California Camp Fire, killing 85 people and destroying nearly all of Paradise, California. The company has since taken...

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Stacker investigated how many power outages occurred in California during the last year using data from the Department of Energy.