Two million California’s dark and early summer

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The first rolling blackout to hit the state since the 2001 energy crisis saw two million Californians drowned in darkness over the course of four hours on Friday.

And that was only Day One. A sustained heat wave is expected for California from the middle of the next week, causing temperatures in some parts to exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius). People are blasting their air conditioners and fans to keep them cool, affecting the region’s electricity system and repeating Friday’s sudden and largely unannounced.

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It began around 6:30 pm local time on Friday, when California grid operators determined through a complex calculation that the state’s power reserves had fallen below a critical threshold and called a Stage 3 grid emergency, What triggers it Describes as “load interruption”. The last time such an announcement was made during the 2000 and 2001 power crises, hundreds and thousands of homes and businesses were turned into darkness, electricity prices reached a record and the state’s largest utility forced into bankruptcy. It was done.

“We had a shortage of energy,” grid manager California Independent Systems Operator spokesman Annie Gonzales said in a phone interview late Friday. Agency Cut out demand for the state’s utilities by about 1,000 megawatts. According to California’s ISO estimates, enough to power 750,000 homes, affecting more than 2 million people based on average household size.

Heat and blackouts are hitting the area at a particularly vulnerable time, with people in the region being forced to stay indoors. They are coming to the area less than a year after utilities deliberately cut off the electricity of millions of customers in an effort to intercept their power lines amid strong and strong winds – one of the fastest growing seasons And the result climate change.

Widespread heat

Areas around the world Has been battling extreme heat in recent weeks. What was forecast in August as one of the worst waves of heat in more than a century of Europe. The eastern US is emerging from July temperatures that were expected to rise above daily records in Manhattan and Boston, dating back to the 19th century. But few, if any, had to resort to the bustling resorts of California late on Friday.


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