Week-long heat wave expected to strain power grids
California continues to accelerate clean energy transition by taking steps to keep lights on during imminent emergency
Sacramento – Starting Wednesday, California and the western United States will experience extreme heat, straining power grids with increased energy demand. In response, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency to temporarily increase energy production and reduce demand. The California Independent System Operator called his Flex Alert today, August 31, asking California to reduce power consumption from 4pm to 9pm to conserve power and reduce the risk of blackouts. asked the citizens.
Actions taken by the state to accelerate the transition to clean energy put an estimated 4,000 megawatts into the grid that were not available in July 2020. , and demand response to generate 2,000 megawatts available to respond to emergencies like the one we face today. But as this heatwave affects the entire western United States, limited energy resources span multiple states. Prolonged drought has also significantly reduced the state’s hydroelectric capacity. Additionally, this heatwave period will result in longer periods of time when the grid faces peak demand, unlike anything experienced in recent history.
“This is the latest reminder of just how real the climate crisis is and how it’s impacting the daily lives of Californians,” Newsom said. “While we are taking steps to weather the immediate crisis, it also means urgent action to end our dependence on the fossil fuels that are destroying our climate and making these heatwaves hotter and more common. There is an increasing need for
Governor Newsom has announced urgent action to increase energy supplies during this week’s heatwave.
The state of emergency will allow power plants to generate additional power and turn on backup generators to reduce the amount of energy that needs to be drawn from the grid during times of peak energy demand during this heatwave. It can be used and will allow vessels docking in California ports to reduce their power consumption. Power consumption from grid. These are urgent temporary measures, and states will implement additional mitigation measures to combat the increased emissions they cause.
Temperatures are expected to start rising on Wednesday, August 31st, increase over the holiday weekend, and continue until Wednesday, September 7th. A record heat wave is likely in the west, with temperatures expected to rise 10 to 20 degrees in northern California. Higher than normal, Southern California temperatures are expected to be 10 to 18 degrees warmer than normal.
The California Independent System Operator called on Californians to reduce their energy usage today via Flex Alert. Additional He may issue Flex Alerts in the coming days. Next week, especially Sundays and Mondays, Californians should use air conditioners to pre-cool their homes by 4 p.m. and use major appliances such as washers and dryers during this time. Between 4pm and 9pm, Californians should set thermostats above 78 degrees, avoid using major appliances, and turn off unnecessary lights unless unsafe.
Today’s actions come amid climate-driven changes in weather patterns across the western United States, with heatwaves becoming more frequent and severe, damaging public health and critical infrastructure. Extreme heat particularly endangers workers, children, the elderly, historically underserved and overburdened communities, and people with underlying medical conditions. More information on worker rights and resources for workers can be found here and here. Resources for Californians facing extreme heat, including safety tips and other information, can be found here. A map of the cooling centers is available here.
Extreme heat can be dangerous for everyone and can be fatal, especially if extreme temperatures persist for more than a few days. (certain jobs, homeless, etc.). If you are caring for someone at high risk, we ask that you:
- Keep in regular contact with that person, give them access to air-conditioned buildings (cooling centers, public buildings, etc.), and stay hydrated.
- Beware of heat stroke, especially heat stroke, and call 9-1-1 if necessary
- Wear loose-fitting clothing that is lightweight and light in color. Apply sunscreen. Avoid activity during the hottest part of the day.Rest often to adjust your pace
- Don’t forget to protect your pet from the heat and never leave your child or pet unattended in the car, even with the windows partially open.