California Declares Energy Emergency

California electric grid operators declared an energy emergency Sept. 6, warning of rotating power disruptions due to record temperatures.

The notice warned of possible 1- to 2-hour power outages.

California was under a flex alert until 9 p.m., which advised people to minimise energy use and shut off electricity to some corporate and industrial users.

Temperature records fell in various parts of the state. Tuesday was the first full work day since the heat wave began on Saturday and lasted through Labor Day.

Many interior sites hit 113 degrees or higher.

The California Independent System Operator struggles to balance power demand and generation.

At 6 p.m., demand was 49 Megawatts. Peak demand is projected to hit 52 megawatts before declining at night.

Tuesday appears to be the warmest day of the current heat wave.

The temperatures compound to the devastation a years-long drought has brought to the state's forest regions.

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