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More Rotating Power Outages 'Imminent' as California's Heat Wave Continues

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The sun shines over towers carrying electical lines August 30, 2007 in South San Francisco, California.  (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

While rotating power outages were averted on Monday, by Tuesday afternoon the California Independent System Operator, which manages the state’s power grid, had again declared a “Stage 2” emergency and said outages were “imminent.” California ISO later canceled that emergency and praised consumers for conserving energy that helped avoid another outage. The continuing heat wave sparked two nights of rolling blackouts over the weekend, which Gov. Newsom called “unacceptable and unbefitting of the nation’s largest and most innovative state.” Newsom called for an investigation into why California ISO imposed the outages. We’ll get the latest news on what’s happening with the state’s energy supply. And we want to hear from you: have you been impacted by the power outages?


Dan Brekke, reporter and editor, KQED News

Severin Borenstein, Professor, UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business; faculty director, The Energy Institute at Haas; member, Board of Governors of California Independent System Operator


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