California is facing worsening grid challenges and bracing for possible power outages as temperatures again surged into the triple digits Monday.
The California Independent System Operator, or CAISO, which oversees more than three-quarters of the state’s electrical power flow, called for residents in a news release “to lower electricity use in the afternoons and evenings to avoid outages” in the historic heat wave.
“We have now entered the most intense phase of this heat wave,” the operator’s president and CEO, Elliot Mainzer, said at a news conference Monday, giving an update on the heat wave and grid reliability. “Forecasted demand for Monday and Tuesday is at all-time record levels. Potential for rotating outages has increased significantly.”