As the state of California faces record energy demand in the midst of a heat wave, officials are asking residents to reduce their electricity consumption on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the state was issued its sixth consecutive "Flex Alert," and officials believe that in order for energy conservation efforts to be effective, they need to be increased by either two or four times.
On Monday, the Independent System Operator (ISO) for the state of California issued a "Emergency Alert" at level 2, which is one level below the possibility of blackouts. Because solar and wind power are unable to keep up with demand, it brought four natural gas facilities online to help meet the need. It imported electricity from the Pacific Northwest, a region that has not been affected by the heat of California.
The San Francisco Chronicle:
On Tuesday, the state anticipates receiving 51,000 megawatts. An emergency energy watch has been issued for the hours of 5 to 9 p.m., urging market suppliers to provide supplementary energy, savings, or both.
So far, Flex Alerts have been responsible for saving between 600 and 700 megawatts. During times of high demand, residents have been instructed by state officials to turn off any unnecessary lights and appliances.
If a Stage 3 [of the Energy Emergency Alert] is reached and power must be stopped, which is extremely unlikely to occur on Monday evening but is a possibility nonetheless, According to [ISO CEO Elliot] Mainzer, on Tuesday state authorities will ask utilities to find the most effective strategy to reduce their usage, which will most likely involve rotating across systems and hopefully just for brief periods of time.
Residents are being advised by the government to switch off lights and appliances when they are not in use and to refrain from charging electric vehicles, which the people will be required to purchase by the authorities in 2035 in order to completely phase out the use of gas-powered vehicles.
According to the Associated Press, there will be a spike in demand at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday when solar electricity will no longer be available.
The CAISO website revealed on Tuesday morning that the state of California was at risk of losing power during the peak demand hour of 5:30 p.m.
Throughout the day, solar, natural gas, and imported electricity keep the energy grid in California running. Solar power production falls off in the late afternoon and evening, when temperatures in some parts of the state are at their peak. Some of the natural gas facilities in California's older generation are unreliable when the temperature is high.
On Monday, the state used 49,000 megawatts of power; on Tuesday, that number increased to more than 51,000 megawatts. The single-day power record for the state of California is little over 50,000 megawatts, which was set in 2006.
The decision to keep Diablo Canyon, the state's sole remaining nuclear facility, operational until 2030 rather than 2025 was made by the state legislature last week.
Democrats attribute the recent heat wave and energy shortage on climate change, while skeptics point to the state's push for renewable energy and phase-out of nuclear and natural gas power plants as the cause.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on BREITBART.