September 28, 2022

California officials are warning that rotating power outages could occur

Californians are being urged to dramatically step up their safety efforts to avoid the possibility of a blackout over the next two days. “We’re now entering the most extreme phase of this heat wave,” Elliott Mainzer, president of the California Independent System Operator, or Cal ISO, said Monday. He said the state’s grid will require two to three times as much protection in homes and businesses from people across the state as it has recently during flex alerts. Forecast power usage for Tuesday is higher than any demand California has ever experienced, he said. | corresponding | California heat wave: A closer look at dangerous temperatures expected by Labor Day “Our goal is not to see those numbers,” Mainzer said. | Video below Cal ISO official talks about the need to save more power to avoid blackouts, Mainzer says efforts by consumers to pre-cool their homes and other measures to reduce power consumption in the afternoon and evening hours have made a difference so far. Power was down 1,000 MW, 2% less than expected, he said. “Your efforts to alleviate power demand from the critical hours of 4 to 9 pm have worked well and we really appreciate it,” he said. | Video below As outdoor workers face brutal heat, employers are reminded of their duty to protect workers. The government hopes to meet the increased forecast through other options such as generators and electricity from other states. The best thing people can do to ease grid pressure is to pre-cool their homes during the day, officials said. When the state’s flex alert goes into effect from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., people should: Set the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher Avoid using large appliances if health permits Turn off unnecessary lights Turn off cooling fans Unplug unused items Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order. It is intended to temporarily augment the state’s energy supply. So far this week, no unplanned outages related to excessive energy use have been reported. In 2020, several factors, including high temperatures and the Oregon wildfires, led to several days of blackouts for millions of Californians. Authorities have issued flex warnings for six days during the current heat wave. | Video below What is a ‘heat dome’?’ Monday’s high in the Valley will be 112 degrees, 92 degrees above the average for this year. Tuesday is likely to bring warmer temperatures. “It’s going to take all of us,” Mainzer said. SMUD outlines a plan for potential rotating outages at Sacramento SMUD in a release Monday afternoon that will “exhaust every avenue before rotating outages are called for.” It said no customers would be without power for more than an hour at a time in the event of such an outage. Here’s how to find NorCal cooling centers Cooling centers across Northern California are set to open this week. Some residents may take a break from a forecast week of triple-digit heat.| Read more | Here are the cooling centers opening Thursday amid forecast triple digits in NorCal. Facebook | And such | California heat wave: What you need to know about heatstroke, heat exhaustion and heatstroke Watch our forecasts on TV or online and see our latest video forecasts here. You can also watch live coverage of our latest news coverage here. The banner on our website will turn red when we are live. We also stream on Very Local apps for Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV. You can download our app for the latest weather alerts.

Californians are being urged to dramatically step up their safety efforts to avoid the possibility of a blackout over the next two days.

“We’re now entering the most extreme phase of this heat wave,” Elliott Mainzer, president of the California Independent System Operator, or Cal ISO, said Monday.

He said the state’s grid will require two to three times as much protection in homes and businesses from people across the state as it has recently during flex alerts.

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Forecast power usage for Tuesday is higher than any demand California has ever experienced, he said.

| corresponding | California heat wave: A closer look at dangerous temperatures expected on Labor Day

“Our goal is not to see that number,” Mainzer said.

| Video below A Cal ISO official talks about the need to store more power to avoid blackouts

Mainzer said efforts by consumers to pre-cool their homes and other measures to reduce power consumption during peak afternoon and evening hours have made a difference so far.

Electricity has come in about 1,000 MW less than expected, which is 2% less than forecast, he said.

“Your efforts to boost electricity demand from the critical hours of 4 to 9 pm are working well and we really appreciate it,” he said.

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| Video below As outdoor workers face brutal heat, employers are reminded of their duty to protect workers

But he warned that there could be a shortfall of 2,000 to 4,000 MW, where more protection would be needed.

The government hopes to meet the increased forecast through other options such as generators and electricity from other states.

The best thing people can do to ease grid pressure is to pre-cool their homes during the day, officials said.

With the state’s flex warning in effect from 4pm to 10pm, people must:

  • If health permits, set the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher
  • Avoid using key devices
  • Turn off unnecessary lights
  • Use fans for cooling
  • Cut off unused items

On Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order aimed at temporarily increasing the state’s energy supply.

So far this week, no unplanned outages related to excessive power usage have been reported. In 2020, several factors, including high temperatures and the Oregon wildfires, led to several days of blackouts for millions of Californians.

Authorities have issued flex warnings for six consecutive days during the current heat wave.

| Video below What is a ‘heat dome’?

Monday’s high in the Valley will be 112 degrees, well above this year’s average of 92 degrees. Tuesday is likely to bring warmer temperatures.

“It’s going to take all of us,” Mainzer said.

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SMUD outlines a plan for potential rotating outages in Sacramento

SMUD said in a release Monday afternoon that it will “exhaust every avenue before so-called rotating outages.”

It said no customers would be without power for more than an hour at a time in the event of such an outage.

Here’s how to find NorCal cooling centers

Cooling centers across Northern California are set to open this week, giving some residents a reprieve from a predicted week of triple-digit heat.

| Read more | Here are the cooling centers opening Thursday amid forecast triple digits in NorCal

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