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California Braces for Labor Day Energy Shortage

California will face energy shortages and “flexible alerts” through Labor Day due to high temperatures, and residents will be asked to save power in the afternoons and evenings, which means s refrain from charging electric vehicles, among other uses.

The Sacramento Bee reported Tuesday (emphasis added):

Hoping to stave off power outages, the California Independent System Operator, which runs the state’s power grid, warned on Tuesday that it will likely issue a series of flex alerts over the next few days. Flexible alerts are voluntary calls for conservation during the afternoon and evening hours, when power consumption tends to spike. Residents will be asked to raise their thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, avoid using dishwashers or other major appliances, and delay the charging of their electric vehiclesall during the period from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Already, the grid operator has issued a ‘restricted maintenance operations’ notice from Wednesday – a directive asking power generators and transmission line operators to delay routine maintenance that would take equipment offline production or transmission.

The San Francisco Chronicle explained further:

The grid is expected to be busiest on Monday, with an expected peak load of 48,225 megawatts, [Anne Gonzales of the the California Independent System Operator] said. Peak loads on Sunday, when temperatures in parts of the Bay Area are most likely to hit triple digits, are also expected to reach more than 48,000 megawatts, according to Gonzales.

As the weekend heat wave will align with high temperatures across the West, California’s ability to import power from neighboring states could be limited, according to the grid operator.

The warnings come just days after the state finalized regulations to ban gas-powered vehicles by 2035, part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s effort to transition the entire passenger fleet to electric vehicles. , apparently to help fight climate change. Already, Newsom and state lawmakers are scrambling to save the state’s last remaining active nuclear plant. The state has been threatened with power shortages for several years, due to the lack of new power plants and the unreliability of wind and solar power.

Two years ago, Newsom urged Californians to ‘sober up’ on the limits of solar and wind power, during another late-summer energy shortage that led to blackouts in much of the state. The state has not expanded its power sources since then, although it has improved its plans for power shortages and increased battery capacity.

Moving to an all-electric vehicle fleet by 2035 would require the electricity grid to increase its capacity by 30%, the Chronicle notes – a goal that officials say can be achieved within ten years.

Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


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