A total solar eclipse will cross the West Coast of the United States on the morning of August 21 for the first time since 1918. This special sight occurs when the moon entirely blocks a portion of the Earth's view of the sun.
This incredible natural phenomenon does have an energy cost, however. California is expected to lose 4,200 megawatts of solar generation due to the eclipse. We can make up that lost energy if we all work together to reduce our electricity usage on the day of the eclipse, and reduce the need for expensive natural gas to power our grid.
For tips on how to reduce consumption August 21, click here.
Let's appreciate our planet by both safely watching this event and responsibly conserving energy.