State Power Grid Operators Say They're Ready for Weekend Heat Wave Officials with California's power grid operator said Thursday that they are more prepared for this weekend's heat wave than they were in mid-August, but a scorching end to the summer could require additional flex alerts in the coming weeks.
SJ Residents Blast PG&E After Transformer Blows, Shutting Off Power During Heat WaveAfter suffering all weekend without power, San Jose residents blasted PG&E for equipment failure that caused the utility to shut off their electricity during the hottest days of summer.
Heat Wave: California ISO Issues Stage 3 Alert, Forcing Rolling BlackoutsThe California Independent System Operator (ISO) declared a statewide Stage 3 power emergency Friday evening as excessive heat drove up electricity use and set records across the Bay Area, forcing rolling blackouts across the state until the power grid stabilized.
Californians Could Face Reduced Power During Summer EveningsThe manager of California's power grid said Wednesday that below-average hydroelectricity production could mean reduced supplies for consumers during high-demand periods this summer.
State's Ongoing Heat Wave Prompts New Call To Cutback On EnergyWith more hot temperatures expected Tuesday, a statewide Flex Alert is in effect, and residents are being urged to cut back on energy use during peak daytime hours, a California Independent System Operator spokeswoman said.
Weakness In Electricity Trading Exposed; State Agency $73M ShortCalifornia officials say a big electricity trader has apparently figured out a way to exploit vulnerabilities in the state’s $8 billion-a-year electricity market, just as Enron Corp. did a decade ago.