California to experience power outages as energy demands passes supply

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California will likely experience rolling power outages over the next several days as the state wrestles with a heat wave causing energy demand to surpass an energy supply that heavily relies on “renewables.”

According to CBS News, Elliot Mainzer, president and chief executive officer of the California Independent System Operator, said “This is about to get significantly more intense.”

Mainzer’s job is to manage and maintain California’s electric grid reliability. Last Wednesday,  the Independent System Operator called for residents to participate in “voluntary conservation” and to “set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, avoid using large appliances and charging electric vehicles, and turn off unnecessary lights” over the Labor Day weekend.

The request came days after California announced that they would be banning the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035, advancing the use of electric cars, which are charged by the state’s electric grid.

California’s power grid operators have consistently warned that excessive heat this summer will “stress the energy grid” and have called on Californians to voluntarily conserve their use of energy. For weeks, Pacific Gas & Electric Company has had on the top of their website a Flex Alert telling consumers to conserve energy between 4 – 6 pm to help prevent power outages.

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