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Rotating outages averted Monday

Outages still possible during heatwave and high energy demand
Posted at 12:07 AM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 03:07:58-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) Thousands of homes braced for rotating outages Monday, but the outages were ultimately averted.

The California Independent System Operator, which manages high voltage power transmission, had warned San Diego Gas and Electric and other utilities that it was very likely they would be ordered to implement rotating outages Monday.

However, the outages were never ordered partly because local residents and businesses heeded the call to cut back on energy usage.

SDG&E, which takes its cues from CAISO for rotating outages, says the rolling blackouts are still possible throughout the state if CAISO isn’t able to maintain a balance between energy demand and supply during the heatwave.

A Flex Alert is currently in place through Wednesday. The heatwave is forecasted to continue through Thursday.