Potential blackouts Monday night in, especially in southern California, could affect millions as the heatwave has forced energy companies to relieve stress on the state’s grid.
The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) warned that it instructed companies to turn off power in rolling blackouts because of high electricity demands as residents try to cool their homes.
California ISO CEO and President Steve Berberich said the state is short about 4,400 megawatts, which equates to about 3.3 million homes. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an emergency proclamation Monday that allowed some users and utilities to use “backup energy sources” during peak times.
“The heatwave is forecasted to continue through Thursday, and CAISO is anticipating a significant shortfall in energy supply needed to meet the exceptionally high energy demand,” the statement said.
Flex alerts were issued through Wednesday that asked residents be vigilant in conserving energy around their homes through simple actions such as turning off unnecessary lights and appliances as well as setting air conditioner thermostats at about 78 degrees or higher.
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