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California power grid operator cancels rolling blackouts

PG&E is encouraging its customers to conserve electricity as California ISO declares Flex Alert Monday through Wednesday.

Posted: Aug 17, 2020 1:13 PM
Updated: Aug 17, 2020 8:34 PM

UPDATE: 8:32 p.m., Monday, August 17, 2020 - The operator of California’s electric grid says it won't implement rolling blackouts that could have left millions of residents in the dark.

The California Independent System Operator had said it expected to order utility companies to shed their power load Monday night as demand for electricity to cool homes soared in the midst of a West Coast heatwave.

However, California ISO canceled the emergency warning shortly before 8 p.m., saying people had eased the strain on the electrical system by conserving power.

However, the heatwave will continue through the week so there's still a chance of future outages.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) said due to current energy supply forecasts, rolling blackouts are likely to occur Monday. 

The operator of California’s electric grid says up to 3.3 million homes may lose power as part of rolling outages to ease pressure on the state’s energy grid.

PG&E is urging customers to conserve electricity in response to the California Independent System Operator’s (ISO) statewide Flex Alert called for Monday through Wednesday, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. CAISO is the organization that manages the state's power grid.

The California Independent System Operator says it will likely order utility companies to turn off power starting around 4 p.m. Monday as demand for electricity to cool homes soars during the hottest part of the day beyond the power available in the grid.

More shutoffs have been ordered because of an energy shortage caused by a heat wave engulfing the West Coast. The head of the system says those affected can expect to lose power for about two hours.

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