Gov. Newsom signs emergency proclamation amid forecast of extreme heat


EXPLAINS WHAT THAT MEANS FOR CUSTOMERS. >> IT IS LIKE THREE HOURS. MY HUSBAND WAS OUT OF TOWN. THAT WAS NOT TOO BAD. EMILY: LINDA THOMPSON LOST POWER DURING ONE OF LAST MONTH’S ROLLING BLACKOUTS AND KNOWS HOW EFFECTIVE POWER SAVING EFFORTS CAN BE. >> WE WERE ON ALERT TO GET SHUT DOWN THREE DAYS IN A ROW. WE DID NOT GET SHUT DOWN, BUT WE WERE ON ALERT. EMILY: LAST MONTH, CAL ISO ORDERED UTILITY COMPANIES TO POWER DOWN THE GRID FOR THREE NIGHTS OF ROLLING BLACKOUTS WHEN THE DEMAND ON THE GRID COULD NOT MATCH THE STATE’S POWER SUPPLY. WITH WEEKEND TEMPERATURES FORECASTED TO BE HOTTER THAN AVERAGE AND PEOPLE EXPECTED TO USE AIR CONDITIONING NONSTOP, THE STATE’S GRID OPERATOR IS ISSUING A FLEX ALERT, ASKING CUSTOMERS TO VOLUNTARILY USE LESS ELECTRICITY. >> CONSERVATION REALLY IS THE BEST WAY WE CAN HELP OUT WHEN THESE FLEX ALERTS ARE CALLED BY CAL ISO. EMILY: PG&E SAYS CUSTOMERS CAN LESSEN THE BURDEN ON THE GRID BY SETTING THE THERMOSTAT AT 78 DEGREES OR HIGHER, TURNING OFF LIGHTS WHEN NOT IN THE ROOM, AND USING FAN AND AIR CONDITIONING AT THE SAME TIME. >> IT ALLOWS YOU TO HAVE YOUR AIR CONDITIONER ABOUT FOUR DEGREES HIGHER AND YOU WON’T NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE IF YOU ARE ALSO USING FANS. DEFINITELY DRAW THE DRAPES, KEEP THE CURTAINS CLOSED. KEEP THE HOT AIR AND THE HOT SUN OUT. EMILY: NO ROLLING BLACKOUTS ARE EXPECTED THIS WEEKEND, BUT SOME CUSTOMERS LIKE LINDA THOMPSON ARE PREPARED IF THINGS CHANGE. >> WE DON’T OPEN THE REFRIGERATOR OR THE FREEZER. I DON’T GET TO SEE THE DODGERS PLAY. [LAUGHTER] THAT IS THE ONLY DOWNSIDE TO THAT. EMILY: CAL ISO SAYS EQUIPMENT FAILURES OR WILDFIRES CAN CHANGE THE GAME, LEADING TO POSSIBLE ROLLING BLACKOUTS, MAKING IT IMPORTANT FOR CUSTOMERS TO S

Gov. Newsom signs emergency proclamation amid forecast of extreme heat


In anticipation of dangerous heat over the Labor Day weekend, Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed an emergency proclamation to free up more energy capacity. The emergency proclamation lets power plants generate more power by suspending certain permitting requirements, which will help alleviate the heat-induced demands on the state’s energy grid. The proclamation also contains provisions about the use of generators and auxiliary ship engines.Newsom’s Thursday emergency proclamation comes after the California Independent System Operator, which monitors the state’s electricity needs and power grid capabilities, issued a statewide Flex Alert, asking consumers to conserve electricity Saturday through Monday, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.During blistering temperatures last month, Cal ISO enacted rolling blackouts, which was a first for the state since 2001. At last check, blackouts are not expected this time around, according to Cal ISO.To conserve energy, Californians are being asked to set the thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, close blinds and drapes, turn off unused lights and appliances and use major appliances in the morning or late evening.

In anticipation of dangerous heat over the Labor Day weekend, Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed an emergency proclamation to free up more energy capacity.

The emergency proclamation lets power plants generate more power by suspending certain permitting requirements, which will help alleviate the heat-induced demands on the state’s energy grid. The proclamation also contains provisions about the use of generators and auxiliary ship engines.

Newsom’s Thursday emergency proclamation comes after the California Independent System Operator, which monitors the state’s electricity needs and power grid capabilities, issued a statewide Flex Alert, asking consumers to conserve electricity Saturday through Monday, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

During blistering temperatures last month, Cal ISO enacted rolling blackouts, which was a first for the state since 2001.

At last check, blackouts are not expected this time around, according to Cal ISO.

To conserve energy, Californians are being asked to set the thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, close blinds and drapes, turn off unused lights and appliances and use major appliances in the morning or late evening.



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