PG&E encourages customers to conserve electricity as California declares Flex Alert

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 16, 2020

The ISO, based in Folsom, declared a Stage 3 emergency at 6:36 p.m. Friday.

All electricity consumers are asked to conserve electricity, particularly in the late afternoon and early evening hours, when the electricity grid is subject higher demand and solar energy production is reduced.

The heat wave roasting California prompted the manager of the state's power grid to declare a Stage 3 Emergency and direct utility companies to initiate rotating outages throughout California.

The bulk of the outages came from PG&E Corp.

SMUD, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, as well as other municipal agencies like Roseville's city-run utility, Modesto and Turlock irrigation districts and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) aren't part of the ISO and weren't affected by the rolling blackouts.

PG&E will not be able to inform customers in advance of the shut-offs that could occur anywhere within the company's service area, the statement said.

"The safety of our customers and the communities that we serve is PG&E's most important responsibility".

"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.

Southern California Edison announced at 7:45 p.m. that the California Independent System Operator directed it to begin rotating, one-hour service interruptions.

California is experiencing an extreme #heatwave!

The rolling outages in California also come less than a year after utilities in the region deliberately cut off power to millions of customers in an effort to prevent their power lines from igniting wildfires amid unusually strong winds - another effect of increasingly extreme weather that has led to fires across the state in the past week.

Night time temperatures through next week are expected to be normal.

Although peak demand Saturday was expected to top 46,500 megawatts - almost as much as Friday evening's peak - Gonzales said the supply situation has become more favorable this weekend. The weather agency posted excessive heat warnings for much of California for Friday through Wednesday.

Grid operators will continue to monitor the situation throughout the weekend and into next week, Ms Gonzales said.

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