PG&E Announces Potential of ‘Rotating Power Outages’ Saturday Night as Demand Surges during Heat Wave

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The following is a press released issued by Pacific Gas & Electric:

Based on current power usage forecasts from the state’s electric grid operator, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), PG&E may be required to conduct rotating power outages Saturday night between 5:00 and 10:00 PM. A final decision by CAISO will be made later today.

PG&E’s emergency operations center is open and the team is continuing to monitor the situation throughout the weekend and into next week. As the statewide heatwave continues, PG&E strongly encourages all customers to conserve energy through next Wednesday.

Potential Saturday Evening Rotating Outages

Due to increasingly hot weather across the state coupled with cloud cover in Southern California impacting utility-scale solar assets, CAISO has issued a Grid Warning Notice and may require PG&E to conduct rotating outages later this evening. These outages would be one to two hours in duration. No customers should be impacted overnight.

No final decisions have been made to proceed with rotating outages by CAISO at this time. Other power utilities in the state may be requested to take similar measures.

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