CA: Grid operator urges power cuts as demand heads toward record

Source: Reuters

“California’s grid operator projected record-breaking power demand on Tuesday and called on consumers to conserve energy for the seventh consecutive day to avoid blackouts amid soaring temperatures. The California Independent System Operator (ISO) urged residents to cut power use in the late afternoon and early evening as the sun sets and the state’s vast supply of solar-generated electricity recedes. California’s week-long run of record-breaking temperatures is projected to continue this week with highs reaching into the 110s Fahrenheit (mid 40s Celsius) in interior parts of the state, according to the National Weather Service. The ISO forecast demand would peak at 51,590 megawatts (MW) on Tuesday, topping the current record of 50,270 MW in 2006, before sliding to 49,868 MW on Wednesday. Late on Tuesday morning, solar was supplying about a third of the state’s power demand.” (09/06/22)