The Washington Post
California avoids blackouts despite record heat wave
A brutal Western heat wave brought California to the verge of ordering rolling blackouts, but the state’s electrical grid managed to handle recordbreaking demand.
The state’s 39 million people were warned Tuesday that demand — some of it from people cranking up air conditioning — might outstrip supply as temperatures in many areas soared past 100 degrees. The California Independent System Operator (CAISO), which oversees the electrical grid, issued a Stage 3 emergency power alert — one step below ordering utilities to start rotating outages to ease the strain on the system.
Western states, meanwhile, were still struggling through one of the hottest and longest September heat waves on record. Temperatures began soaring last week, and the National Weather Service warned that dangerous heat could continue through Friday, despite some slight moderation.
California’s state capital of Sacramento hit an all-time high Tuesday of 116 degrees.
Scientists say climate change has made the West warmer and drier over the past three decades and will continue to make weather more extreme.