Gov. Newsom Signs Emergency Proclamation To Avoid Blackouts For Labor Day Weekend

Proclamation set to free up more energy capacity

September 4, 2020
The sun sets behind power lines in Los Angeles, California on September 3, 2020, ahead of a heatwave to arrive September 4 through the Labor Day weekend prompting a statewide flex alert.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed an emergency proclamation to free up more energy capacity amid a weekend long heatwave over Labor Day weekend. 

The emergency proclamation allows power plants in California to generate more power by suspending specific permitting requirements, which will help reduce the stress power plants will endure with increased energy consumption over the long Labor Day weekend. Temperatures are expected to hit 109 degrees on Sunday and Monday. 

The proclamation also contains provisions about the use of generators and auxiliary ship engines. 

The California Independent System Operator issued a state wide Flex Alert on Thursday asking customers to conserve electricity Saturday through Monday from 3PM to 9PM PT.

According to CAL ISO, blackouts are not expected at this time, however, energy consumption over the weekend could increase the danger. 

To conserve energy, Californians are asked to set their thermostat to 78 degrees or higher when they are not home, close blinds or drapes, turn off unused lights and appliances and use major appliances earlier in the morning or later in the evening.

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