With the West Coast drenched in sweltering heat, officials in California Monday declared a power emergency.
Temperatures have soared in recent days, pushing up to the 110-degree mark and pushing the state’s electrical grid past its limits.
Officials noted electricity is being consumed at a rate not seen since 2017. Elliot Mainzer, C.E.O. of the California Independent System Operator, intimated that the power could be cut for residents at intervals.
“Rotating outages are a possibility today," Mainzer said Monday morning. "We are now moving into the extreme part of this heat wave. If voluntary conservation measures fall short Monday, CaISO will declare a level-two grid emergency.”
The news comes as residents have had to increase their energy consumption to stay cool and weather the dangerous and historic heat levels across the state.