California to cut down on power use due to heat wave
California is currently experiencing massive problems with its power grids due to a heat wave. Therefore, the transmission grid operator CAISO calls on the population to reduce their electricity consumption in the evening and avoid charging electric cars.
The state of California had issued its “FLEX” alert for the sixth day in a row now, asking citizens to curb their electricity usage, with an extra hour added to the standard 5-hour break from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. going until 10 p.m. due to projected market deficiencies. So far, the saving actions by California have resulted in estimated 600 to 700-megawatt savings.
“Starting tomorrow, this multi-day event is going to get much more intense. We are facing a load forecast of 48,817 megawatts and energy deficits between 2,000 and 4,000 megawatts for Monday, resulting in the highest likelihood of rotating outages we have seen so far this summer,” wrote California Independent System Operator (CAISO) President and CEO Elliot Mainzer. “Because of the increasingly extreme conditions, we will need significant additional consumer demand reductions during the hours of 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday and access to all the emergency tools that the state and utilities have established for an extreme event like this one.”