September 30, 2022
California declares grid emergency as electricity use nears 5-year high

California officials declared a power grid emergency again on Monday afternoon, as energy use neared a five-year high amid a severe heat wave.

The temperature reached above 110 degrees in many areas. Millions of residents and businesses crank up their air conditioning as America’s largest state is projected to break the energy consumption record set in 2017.

High risk of blackout triggered Step 1 Emergency Declaration, Officials said the only way to avoid the blackout is if consumers double or triple their efforts to save electricity.

“The likelihood of a rotating outage has increased significantly,” said elliot mangerChief executive officer of the California Independent System Operator (CASO), which runs the state’s grid.

“We have now entered the most intense phase of this heat wave” and it will be necessary to step up conservation efforts, he said. media briefing monday.

He said the grid was looking at an “energy shortfall” of up to 10% of normal electricity demand, which could take 30 lakh homes offline.

If consumer protection is not effective, CASO will have to take other steps to conserve energy, including implementing rotational blackouts.

Much of California will remain under an extreme heat warning for the next four days. The Sacramento Valley was expected to reach 119 degrees on Monday.

PG&E. According to the report, thousands of homes in Napa Valley were already without electricity. outage map,

Downtown Los Angeles recorded a temperature of 103 degrees on Sunday, the first time this year the temperature has broken below 100.

Last Thursday, Death Valley National Park in California broke the world heat record by reaching 127 degrees. marked it Highest temperature ever recorded in September,

California officials warned that the state could break an all-time record for electricity demand on Tuesday as students return to classes and reopen after the holiday weekend.

Higher temperatures also increase the risk of wildfires, threatening power lines and energy supplies.

Ironically, in a state turning to electric cars to fight climate change, California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) last week told drivers not to charge their cars during peak use of electricity.

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