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California Independent System Operator declares Stage 2 electrical emergency

Rotating power outages possible, according to officials
Posted at 1:17 PM, Aug 15, 2020

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) declared a Stage 2 electrical emergency Saturday, due to excessive heat driving up electricity use.

Excessive heat and electricity use puts a strain on the state's electrical grid and if conditions don't improve, the ISO may declare a Stage 3 emergency.

Stage 3 emergencies occur when the ISO is unable to meet minimum contingency electricity reserve requirements.

During a Stage 3 emergency, the ISO can require electrical utilities to conserve power by turning off electrical services to customers, typically referred to as “rotating power outages.” Rotating power outages may occur at any time with no notice throughout the state and may last anywhere between 1-2 hours.

These outages are different than the PSPS, or the public safety power shutoff.

Californians are being urged to take action by conserving electricity usage.

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