California power grid takes a hit due to extreme heat

California power grid takes a hit due to extreme heat

A man seeks help during a hot weather with a garden hose shower, summer 2011. Source – Instant Vantage, CC SA 2.0.

Demand for electricity is expected to near record levels, and the state’s power grid operator is calling for greater energy conservation efforts.

Starting today, energy demand is expected to outpace supply, based on forecasts for Tuesday showing the state competing with record high demand for electricity, said Elliot Mainzer, president and chief executive officer of the California Independent System Operator.

“It will become significantly more intense,” Mainzer told reporters. “We are facing a load forecast of 48,817 megawatts and a power shortfall of 2,000 to 4,000 megawatts on Monday, resulting in the highest likelihood of intermittent outages we have seen so far this summer.

The state’s network operator extended the call for conservation from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday. Officials said the extra hour of conservation was due to “forecast market shortages until 10 p.m.”.

In fact, for the sixth day now, Californians have been urged to save electricity. This is the latest call for a Flex Alert as California grapples with historic heat levels expected over the next few days. Local ABC10.

Wildfires continue to rage as heat intensifies

Two wildfires in Northern California’s Siskiyou County, near the Oregon border, have destroyed more than 100 homes and affected thousands as a dangerous heat wave scorches the US West.

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue said Sunday at a school meeting near fire-damaged Weed that two people died in a mill fire that engulfed a rural Northern California community.

As of September 4, the mill fire burned 4,254 acres and was 40 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

Another blaze in the area, the Mountain Fire, has destroyed nearly 9,000 acres of land. 10 percent contained.

The heat is forecast to intensify on Labor Day midweek, particularly in California. highs in 110s are possible in the Central Valley region.

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