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California Asks EV Owners To Not Charge Their Cars Due To Power Grid Shortage

As with the other blue states, the radical policies coming out of the California legislature, and being signed into law by Governor Newsome, have gone from progressive to out-right radical globalism.

Their target dates are unattainable and are increasingly, adversely, affecting the 35-plus million citizens more and more each passing day.

California political leaders are currently debating whether to keep the state’s final nuclear power plant open beyond 2025, a decision with repercussions for the state’s emissions, electricity mix, and ability to prevent blackouts amid high demand in the years ahead.

The Diablo Canyon Power Plant is near the Pacific Ocean in San Luis Obispo County.

A few days ago, Sacramento excitedly unveiled a green new deal plan to phase out ALL new gas-powered cars.

The California Air Resources Board issued new rules requiring 35% of new vehicles to produce zero emissions by 2026 — a standard that will rise to a 68% benchmark by 2030 and a 100% level by 2035.

In a sign of their blind allegiance to the zero-emissions directives coming down from the U.N. and Devos, Switzerland, the Democratic supermajority is ignoring energy experts who have warned that the state’s electric grid will require significant upgrades to manage a rapid transition away from internal combustion vehicles, which can’t be done overnight.

Well once again, the Golden State government is having to ask their citizens to reduce their electric usage, including by not charging their electric cars. etc, due to the power grid’s lack of capacity to cover the power requested.

Yes, state officials are asking residents to avoid charging their electric vehicles in the interest of not overwhelming the power grid.

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The western United States is facing a likely “prolonged and record heat wave” that could lead to temperatures as high as 115 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service.

As a result, the California Independent System Operator is seeking to bring all available resources online to handle higher electricity demand and expects to issue “voluntary energy conservation” notices over the Labor Day weekend.

“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,” according to the American Public Power Association.

During a “Flex Alert,” residents are encouraged to reduce energy consumption from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm — the hours in which “demand for electricity remains high and there is less solar energy available.”

California also experienced a round of blackouts during last year’s Labor Day weekend due to hot temperatures increasing air conditioning usage. The state issued Flex Alerts because grid operators predicted “an increase in electricity demand, primarily from air conditioning use” related to extreme temperatures.

“Today, most people charge their electric cars when they come home in the evening — when electricity demand is typically at its peak,” according to researchers at Cornell University’s College of Engineering.

“If left unmanaged, the power demanded from many electric vehicles charging simultaneously in the evening will amplify existing peak loads, potentially outstripping the grid’s current capacity to meet demand.”


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