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California calls for power conservation as heat wave looms

CommoditiesJul 08, 2021 08:30PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Power lines are shown in California ahead of a heave wave in 2020, in Carlsbad, California, U.S., August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

(Reuters) - California's power grid operator on Thursday issued a "flex" alert for Friday, asking consumers to conserve energy from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. as high demand driven by extreme heat could trigger a capacity shortfall on the state's electric grid.

If the grid is still unable to meet power needs and other tools for emergency conditions also fall short, the California Independent System (ISO), the grid operator, said in a statement that it could order utilities to implement rotating power outages, "although that is not anticipated at this time."

The ISO on July 1 said it would procure additional power capacity again this year as California reels from a heat wave.

A heat wave that gripped parts of the United States and Canada last month strained power grids in California and Texas, sending power prices in some regions soaring to their highest level in months.

California calls for power conservation as heat wave looms
 

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Millennial Dip Buyer
Millennial Dip Buyer Jul 08, 2021 9:29PM ET
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Gosh, these brownouts have been happening for the better part of a decade, getting worse and California is still reluctant to build nuclear reactors.  Why can't all these off-shore wind farms and other sources of green energy keep up?
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But But But they want to have only electric cars by 2030.  Lol Lol Lol.  Imagine if everyone starts charging their cars.LOL
 
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