Heat wave tests Southern California’s power grid amid gas shortage

California’s power grid operators warned homes and businesses on Monday to conserve electricity as rising demand for air conditioning stoked by a record-setting heat wave across the U.S. Southwest tested the region’s generating capacity.

The so-called Flex Alert was posted until 9 p.m. Pacific time during a second day of triple-digit temperatures that strained Southern California’s energy production, creating a potential for rolling blackouts on the first official day of summer.

But the peak hour for energy demand came and went Monday evening without disruption of the region’s power delivery network, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) reported.

“Since we’re past that and have not experienced any trouble, I think we’re headed into the safe zone,” agency spokeswoman Anne Gonzales told Reuters.

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • justinwachin says:

    The people of California need to cool their homes with solar energy and windmills. I’m tired of them creating all this global warming for the rest of us.

    Seriously, the global warming believers need to set an example for the rest of us on how to reduce their carbon footprint. If they are maxing out the power grids they need to realize that their actions contradict their words.

  • Rodney Steward says:

    This was predicted to happen when all the coal plants were shut down, they carry the bulk of the load!! And could care less if Cal. burns to the ground, that God forsaken place!

  • Kent2012 says:

    and kenyan boyo is very disappointed…he hoped for a massive failure that would have required federal intervention…closing all gun stores, retail liquor outlets, and any RNC offices so that when the illegal aliens and his boys with their pants down around their knees and their panties hanging out start rioting the feds can be blockers to keep the local gendarmes from stopping the beeches right now…

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