California Enters Eighth Day of ‘Flex Alert’ Emergency

The State of California will issue a “Flex Alert” on Thursday for the eighth straight day, advising electricity users to reduce their energy use, including by not plugging in electric vehicles between the hours of 3:00 and 10:00 p.m.

That is two hours longer than the typical “Flex Alert,” and an energy emergency could occur.

The California grid operator has issued an emergency watch notice for Thursday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. as Thursday is expected to be yet another day of extremely high demand amid the heat wave. In this heat wave, that is a longer number of hours than previous emergency watches. As of Wednesday at 5:45 p.m., the grid was in its second level of emergency; at the third level, it might choose to start rolling blackouts.

A high pressure system that is positioned over the western United States is to blame for the heat wave that is the immediate cause of the energy shortage. Now, meteorologists say that they anticipate

The longer-term factor, however, is California’s political decision to quickly transition away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy sources like solar and wind power. The state’s final nuclear power plant was scheduled to shut down in 2025, but the legislature decided to extend its lifespan by five years just as the current energy crisis was getting underway.

As of 2035, gas-powered passenger vehicle sales will also be prohibited in the state. Although officials and experts claim that California could expand its energy policy by 30% to accommodate the switch to an all-electric fleet, doing so is thought to be a significant challenge. Additionally, the state is advising motorists not to charge the cars that it wants to compel buyers to buy in light of this week’s energy crisis.

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