Sumary of California tells public to prepare for heatwave; power prices soar:
- Article content The California power grid operator told the public to prepare to conserve energy next week if needed as homes and businesses crank up their air conditioners to escape what is forecast to be a brutal heatwave..
- West spiked to their highest since the February freeze when natural gas pipelines and wind turbines froze in Texas leaving millions without power..
- The California ISO, which operates the state power grid, said in a release that “It is still too early to know the precise impact that next week high temperatures will have on the electric grid.”.
- Last summer, a heatwave in August forced California utilities to impose rotating blackouts that left over 400,000 homes and businesses without power for up to 2-1/2 hours when energy supplies ran short..
- Article content The group responsible for North American electric reliability has already warned that California is the U.S..
- region most at risk of power shortages this summer because the state increasingly relies on intermittent energy sources like wind and solar, and as climate change causes more extreme heat events, drought and wildfires across the U.S…