California Preparing for Voluntary Blackouts Over Holiday Weekend

California Preparing for Voluntary Blackouts Over Holiday Weekend

September 2, 2022

California regulators passed a new policy prohibiting the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles by the year 2035. Not even a week after this announcement, the California grid operator is warning about excessive heat that will stress the energy grid. Ironically, charging your electric vehicle is something residents are being asked not to do this holiday weekend. 

The California Independent System Operator warning reads:  

“During a Flex Alert, consumers are urged to reduce energy use from 4-9 p.m. when the system is most stressed because demand for electricity remains high and there is less solar energy available. The top three conservation actions are to set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, avoid using large appliances and charging electric vehicles, and turn off unnecessary lights. Lowering electricity use during that time will ease the strain on the system, and prevent more drastic measures, including rotating power outages.” 

Labor Day is a significant travel weekend across the United States. Americans should not be focused on their energy consumption and facing rolling blackouts. Not when we have a solution and reliable energy sources. California is a glimpse into the future that the eco-left is calling for, and that future is grim. 

Power The Future Executive Director Daniel Turner discusses California’s energy policies.

“When it comes to good energy policy, California’s leaders are unplugged from reality… Temperatures are soaring, and residents are being asked to power down their everyday appliances and air conditioners over a long holiday weekend. Welcome to the green utopia that Joe Biden, Gavin Newsom and the rest of the eco-left want for the rest of the country. It would be comical if the consequences were not so harmful.”