California heat spurs 1st rolling power outages since 2001

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 16, 2020

These conservation measures can help the power grid during a time of tight demand and supply. Case and point: the scheduled blackouts that affected millions of PG&E account holders in October of 2019.

Californians are urged to take action by conserving electricity usage.

According to the Chronicle, the last time grid managers implemented this kind of power cut was almost two decades ago in 2001 when the state was dealing with an unprecedented electricity emergency.

-The California Independent System Operator (ISO) has declared a statewide Stage Emergency on Friday, due to excessive heat driving up electricity use and putting strain on the grid.

This most recent series of rolling blackouts was observed across Northern California when IOS began shutting off power to large segments of PG&E customers for up to an hour at a time.

"Rolling blackouts" have returned to California, as utilities announced on Friday they would be turning off power on a rotating basis for hundreds-of-thousands of customers so as not to overwhelm the electrical grid during the current heatwave.

Please note that though rotating power outages may occur because of the extreme heat felt statewide, Stage 3 rotating power outages are not associated with the public safety power shutoff (PSPS) program.

The rolling blackouts are unrelated to last year's power shutoffs during high fire conditions, and would last approximately an hour.

That alert asked consumers to set air conditioner thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, turn off unnecessary lights and not use major appliances.

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