Californians are being warned by energy managers that a heat wave over the weekend could cause blackouts and are being urged to save energy by - wait for it - charging electric vehicles.
The California Independent System Operator manages the power grid for 80% of California and part of Nevada. They issued a statement that said "extreme heat" conditions are "likely to strain the grid with increased energy demands, especially over the holiday weekend."
"The power grid operator expects to call on Californians for voluntary energy conservation via Flex alerts over the long weekend," the bulletin reads.
California Residents Told Not to Charge Electric Vehicles amid Energy Shortage
Hoping to avoid blackouts, #California Independent System Operator, which manages state’s power grid, warned Tuesday series of Flex Alerts over the next several days.https://t.co/xGt4bUr9lK
— JulietteSchwartz (@Juliett59778255) August 31, 2022
If a Flex Alert is issued, residents will be asked to reduce energy use between 4 and 9 p.m. to ease the stress on the power grid.
"Set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, avoid using large appliances and charging electric vehicles, and turn off unnecessary lights," the ISO stated.
The timing of this warning was not lost on John Cooper, a spokesman for the conservative Heritage Foundation.
Last week, California announced a ban on sale of gas-powered cars by 2035.
This week, they're telling people not to charge their electric vehicles. https://t.co/8isPS3dGUD
— John Cooper (@thejcoop) August 31, 2022
Between this and the nearly $30,000 electric car battery replacement, there is going to be increasing hesitancy in purchasing electric vehicles.
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