NEWS KPCC (NPR, Southern California): “CA Sets New Record For Power Use As Brutal Heat Wave Continues”

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CA Sets New Record For Power Use As Bru­tal Heat Wave Con­tin­ues. How Are You Dealing?

Despite calls to con­serve power, California’s energy demands were at an all-​​time high Tues­day. The extreme heat wave is cre­at­ing a big need for power, so much that we blew past a record set dur­ing a heat wave 16 years ago. Cal-​​ISO, which oper­ates the state’s power grid, first reported that energy use in the state sur­passed more than 50,300 megawatts as of 3:09 p.m. Tues­day. That was 68 megawatts above the 2006 record. Ulti­mately it hit 52,061 megawatts. Cal-​​ISO typ­i­cally calls an alert when tem­per­a­tures are hot. Energy con­sump­tion runs higher dur­ing these times, so peo­ple need to cut down. But heat isn’t the only fac­tor. All of these issues can put a strain on our state’s power grid. Mean­while, the Fairview Fire in Hemet exploded over Labor Day week­end killing two res­i­dents as they were try­ing to flee. Today on AirTalk, we’re joined by Eric Boldtmete­o­rol­o­gist with the National Weather Ser­vice in Oxnard, Daniel Kam­men, pro­fes­sor of energy at UC Berke­ley, and Jon Heg­gie, bat­tal­ion chief with Cal Fire, to dis­cuss the lat­est on SoCal’s heat wave, the fire rag­ing in Hemet, and the new power use record set last night by Californians.

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