This advice was issued days after the state had agreed to prohibit the sale of gasoline vehicles by 2035
California’s power grid operator warned residents of the Sunshine State that it will issue voluntary calls for power conservation in the coming days, as a heatwave threatens to interrupt the supply of electricity.
The California Independent System Operator (ISO), which manages the state’s power grid, said on Tuesday that it will issue a series of ‘Flex Alerts’ during the upcoming days, the Sacramento Bee reported. The alerts ask residents to maintain a temperature of 78°F (25.5 Celsius), not use large appliances and shut off any unnecessary lighting.
The ISO offers a number of energy-saving suggestions, including the advice to Californians not charging electric cars during daylight hours.
As heatwaves can increase blackouts risk, households will need to turn up the air conditioners. It is most dangerous in the morning and evening as solar panels cease to function. But homes still require cooling and lighting. Temperatures are expected to rise 10-20 degrees from Wednesday to Tuesday. Peak demand will be felt Monday or Labor Day.
The ISO’s warning came less than a week after the California Air Resources Board voted to approve a plan by Governor Gavin Newsom to ban the sale of gasoline-powered cars in California by 2035. Newsom was not present. claimedThat the ban would reduce “915 million oil barrels worth of emissions”The San Francisco Chronicle stated that California would need to increase its capacity for power by 30%.
An analysis by CalMatters, a nonprofit news organization, found that Newsom’s plan could also put almost 32,000 mechanics out of business.
Newsom has urged state lawmakers to give up to $1.4 billion to power company PG&E Corp to keep California’s last remaining nuclear plant open for another 10 years to avert the consequences of his own ban.
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