Californians Getting Hit With Energy Shortage This Labor Day Weekend

Due to dangerously hot conditions with hot temperatures of 85 to 100 expected through Thursday, and 90 to 105 Sunday and Monday, California has extended its Flex Alert. In a message the Independent System Operator (ISO) urged residents to voluntarily limit charging their electric vehicles.

In the message, the ISO specifically states to avoid charging electric vehicles after 4 p.m. Only a week ago, the state unleashed plans to ban all new gasoline-run vehicles in an effort to meet the goals of Governor Gavin Newsom’s (D) Executive Order wherein the only new vehicles sold will be electric.

Proposed by the California Air Resources Board in April, the ban will be one of the first in the world. President Joe Biden (D) issued an executive order last year that encouraged the government to push for half of all vehicles sold in the U.S. by 2030 to be electric.

The governor live streamed on Twitter about the Flex Alert, noting that from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., residents should not use major appliances or electronics, and emphasized not to charge electric vehicles.

According to the U.S. Dept of Energy, the Golden State has 425,300 registered electric vehicles to date. That is 41% of the state’s entire fleet of registered vehicles.

“There’s no more powerful force on this earth than Mother Nature and we recognize her fury,” Newsome said referring to the heat wave.

He noted the state learned a few things during the 2020 summer rolling blackouts.

“We had some short-term challenges. We had a few minutes there where we had to make some very difficult decisions and it required us to think completely differently and we did root cause analysis of what led to some of those short-term issues,” he said.