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SDG&E warns of rolling outages as Newsom urges state to conserve energy

Posted at 12:37 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 10:36:10-04

UPDATE 8:30 P.M.

San Diego County avoided rotating outages today in part thanks to conservation efforts by residents and businesses, SDG&E said.

UPDATE - 1:48 P.M.

SDG&E reports that it has received word from the California Independent System Operator that there is a high likelihood that it will order the utility to implement widespread rotating outages as early as 2 p.m.

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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A historic heatwave over California is putting a strain on energy resources. Temperatures are expected to soar over the next several days throughout the state prompting local officials to issue weather warnings.

On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said "we are likely to fall short" from avoiding power outages and that it was "very likely" Californians will see rolling blackouts over the next 72 hours.

"These next few days we are anticipating a challenge," the governor said. Newsom is working to purchase more power out of state to help meet California's 4,400 megawatts shortage.

"You can't control the weather but you can prepare for weather events," Newsom said. "We failed to prepare ... I'm ultimately accountable."

RELATED: San Diego County opens cool zones amid heat wave

In San Diego County, authorities have issued an Excessive Heat Warning in the deserts, valleys, inland through Thursday 10 p.m. This means residents should limit physical activity during the day and reschedule to early morning or evening.

San Diego Gas & Electric has been resorting to rotating outages to help alleviate strain on the state's power grid.

Last week, SDG&E was ordered to conduct rotating, one-hour outages in San Diego and southern Orange Counties because of high electric use amid hot and humid temperatures. Friday was the first time in more than a decade the electric company was ordered to conduct rotating, one-hour outage.

State officials have listed the following energy safety tips to help conserve available energy and avoid electricity shortages.

Easy Actions You Can Take at Home

  • Adjust Your Thermostat
    • Set your thermostat at 78° or higher during 3-10 pm.
    • Pre-cool your home by setting thermostats to 72° in the early part of the day (when it is more efficient) and 78° or higher after 3 pm
    • Use smart or programmable features to help maintain energy savings when you’re not

  • Major Appliance Use
    • Postpone using major appliances like the oven, dishwasher, clothes washer, until cooler times of the
    • Run your dishwasher and clothes washer only when
    • Wash clothes in cold
    • Clean or replace dirty
    • Turn your water heater down to 120° or the "normal"
  • Close Windows and Doors
    • In the morning before the day starts to heat up, close windows and blinds to keep warm air
    • Keep windows and doors closed to prevent the loss of cooled air.

  • Smart Energy Use
    • Turn off unnecessary
    • Use lamps with LEDs instead of overhead
    • Enable "power management" on all computers and turn off when not in
    • Unplug phone charges, power strips (those without a switch) and other equipment when not in

  • Conservation Programs
    • Consider participating in your utility's demand response program. These voluntary programs are short, temporary measures to reduce energy consumption when power supplies are critically low and a Flex Alert has been issued. Contact your local electric utility to learn about your utility's program and incentives they may offer to

Save Energy at Work

  • Lighting
    • Turn off unnecessary office lights, and use natural lighting where

  • Thermostat
    • In the summer, set your zone thermostat to 78º or higher, when possible.

  • Prevent Leaks
    • Check window vents to make sure they are clear of paper and other
    • Adjust the blinds on windows that receive direct sunlight
    • Keep exterior windows and doors closed to prevent the loss of cooled or heated

  • Equipment
    • Turn off any office equipment that is not currently in use. Alternately, look for sleep or power-saving modes in-between uses during the
    • Enable power management settings on all computers, so that they go to sleep and turn off screens when not in

  • Break room
    • Unplug electronics such as coffee-makers and microwaves when not in use and when the day is

  • End-of-the-Day
    • As you leave the office, get in the habit of checking to make sure computers, printers/copiers, and other office equipment is fully shut down. If possible, switch them off at the power strip to ensure they are no longer draining

  • Conservation Programs
    • Consider enrolling in your utility's voluntary conservation program. These types of measures–also known as demand response programs–are short, temporary ways for your utility to reduce energy consumption when power supplies are critically low. Contact your electric utility to learn more about your utility's program and incentives they may offer to

Downloads and Resources

WHO WOULD BE AFFECTED? How to locate your circuit block

Customers can find their circuit and block numbers on their bill which can be found on MyAccount or the SDG&E App. Below is the list of circuits that are expected to be impacted if asked to initiate rotating outages.

Community

COMMUNITYCIRCUIT
CASA DE ORO, EL CAJON W548
ELCAJON W, GRANITE HILLS, SINGING HILLS410
LAGUNA HILLS, LAGUNA NIGUEL561
LA JOLLA N, TORREY PINES65
ESCONDIDO NW, ESCONDIDO W, SAN MARCOS E188
FLETCHER HILLS, LA MESA N949
PT LOMA N, PT LOMA S53
DANA POINT, LAGUNA NIGUEL796
NORTHCITY WEST836
TORREY PINES746
PARADISE HILLS324
CARLSBAD780
CARLSBAD, OCEANSIDE1076
MIRA MESA1446
TORREY PINES735
MIRA MESA437
ORTEGA1258
LA MESA N, MISSION GORGE400
ESCONDIDO E, ESCONDIDO S, SAN PASQUAL472
LOGAN HEIGHTS, N ISLAND-STRAND, NAT'LCITY W130
ESCONDIDO S, ESCONDIDO W518
MIRA MESA, NAS-MIRAMAR760
CHULA VISTA S, SAN YSIDRO1180
CASA DE ORO, ELCAJON W, RHO SD W, SINGING HILLS93
LAGUNA HILLS, LAGUNA NIGUEL562
MISSION VLY253
ESCONDIDO S, ESCONDIDO W515
OTAY MESA, RHO DEL REY943
RHO BERNARDO913
SAN MARCOS W298
ORTEGA1257
N ISLAND-STRAND, NAT'LCITY W378
TORREY PINES271
CLAIREMONT, MISSION VLY1287
MISSION GORGE, SANTEE309
MIRA MESA, TORREY PINES738
PARADISE HILLS320
OCEANSIDE191
LOGAN HEIGHTS371
CARLSBAD779
MIRA MESA952
BAY PARK, LINDA VISTA, MISSION HILLS490
DEL MAR, NORTHCITY WEST, TORREY PINES61
CENTER CITY119
ORTEGA983
CARLSBAD783
CASA DE ORO, MOUNT HELIX, SPRING VALLEY731
CREST, ELCAJON W, GRANITE HILLS, SINGING HILLS412
TORREY PINES529
MISSION VLY254
SAN YSIDRO723
POWAY S926
CARLSBAD, ENCINITAS S1119
TORREY PINES263
VISTA208
LINDA VISTA, MISSION VLY38
LAGUNA HILLS, LAGUNA NIGUEL, MISSION VIEJO556
MIRA MESA953
MISSION VIEJO, ORTEGA1260
CARLSBAD782
CHULA VISTA S, SAN YSIDRO156
NORTHCITY WEST830
CARLSBAD750
MIRA MESA224
MIRA MESA, TORREY PINES262
CITY HEIGHTS, NORTH PARK364
RHO BERNARDO1025
OCEANSIDE190
CENTER CITY, MISSION HILLS, NORTH PARK365
TORREY PINES269
CARLSBAD751
CITY HEIGHTS, NORTH PARK, STATE COLLEGE368
DANA POINT, LAGUNA NIGUEL, SAN JUANCAP793
MISSION VLY384
EAST ROLANDO, LA MESA N, MISSION GORGE399
MIRA MESA950
ALLIED GARDENS, MISSION VLY702
ESCONDIDO S, RHO BERNARDO790
IMPERIAL BEACH, N ISLAND-STRAND, SAN YSIDRO158
MISSION BAY545
CHULA VISTA W, N ISLAND-STRAND, NAT'LCITY W718
SAN MARCOS W295
CENTER CITY, NORTH PARK363
CENTER CITY111
ELCAJON W, GRANITE HILLS, LAKESIDE418
CORONADO372
MIRA MESA, RHO BERNARDO911
LAGUNA NIGUEL, SAN JUANCAP558
NORTHCITY WEST511
MIRA MESA227
MIRA MESA, NORTHCITY WEST834
CLAIREMONT276
OCEANSIDE194
ALLIED GARDENS, MISSION VLY143
SAN YSIDRO1202
ESCONDIDO E, ESCONDIDO S, SAN PASQUAL514
RHO BERNARDO544
CHULA VISTA E, CHULA VISTA S, RHO DEL REY155
LINDA VISTA, MISSION VLY36
RHO BERNARDO915
CENTER CITY, LOGAN HEIGHTS122
MIRA MESA228
ORTEGA1256
BLOSSOM VALLEY, LAKESIDE, LAKESIDE E245
RHO BERNARDO931
ALLIED GARDENS, MISSION GORGE, MISSION VLY380
LAGUNA HILLS, LAGUNA NIGUEL560
MIRA MESA432
FORT ROSECRANS, PT LOMA N, PT LOMA S480
CARLSBAD587
MIRA MESA, POWAY S, RHO BERNARDO916
CENTER CITY, LOGAN HEIGHTS132
MIRA MESA954
CARLSBAD1116
CREST, GRANITE HILLS, LAKESIDE, LAKESIDE E386
CLAIREMONT, TORREY PINES275
MIRA MESA961
LA JOLLA N, TORREY PINES1085
MIRA MESA435
MISSION BAY56
CARLSBAD, OCEANSIDE, VISTA S852
TORREY PINES272
CHULA VISTA S, CHULA VISTA W151
MISSION VLY149
TORREY PINES846
CLAIREMONT, LINDA VISTA274
LAGUNA NIGUEL563
BAY PARK, LINDA VISTA492
CLAIREMONT278
CASA DE ORO, RHO SD W, SPRING VALLEY732
VISTA S851
SAN MARCOS W, VISTA S297
MIRA MESA956
MISSION VLY707
LA MESA N87
MIRA MESA1447
LA JOLLA N, MISSION BAY578
MIRA MESA, TORREY PINES266
MIRA MESA761
CARLSBAD584
MIRA MESA957
OTAY MESA, RHO DEL REY1007
TORREY PINES749
LAGUNA NIGUEL, MISSION VIEJO565
MIRA MESA436
BONITA, NAT'LCITY W, RHO DEL REY340
MIRA MESA962
POWAY S923
BONITA, NAT'LCITY W, RHO DEL REY341
CLAIREMONT, MISSION VLY712
BUENA, VISTA205
MIRA MESA69
CENTER CITY423
TORREY PINES847
MISSION VIEJO, ORTEGA989
ALLIED GARDENS, MISSION GORGE, MISSION VLY381
MIRA MESA967
RHO BERNARDO1103
CENTER CITY429
CARLSBAD583
MISSION VLY383
OCEANSIDE498
NORTHCITY WEST832
CLAIREMONT, LA JOLLA N, TORREY PINES116
MIRA MESA958
MIRA MESA727
LA JOLLA N, TORREY PINES64
LAGUNA NIGUEL, MISSION VIEJO766
RHO BERNARDO912
BONITA, NAT'LCITY W, PARADISE HILLS40
EUCALYPTUS HILLS, SANTEE395
CENTER CITY, MISSION HILLS, PT LOMA N138
POWAY N, RHO BERNARDO293
CITY HEIGHTS, EAST ROLANDO, LA MESA N169
TORREY PINES736
CLAIREMONT, NAS-MIRAMAR773
EAST ROLANDO, LA MESA N, LEMON GROVE160
MIRA MESA, TORREY PINES747
LAGUNA NIGUEL, MISSION VIEJO564
CITY HEIGHTS, EAST ROLANDO, LEMON GROVE164
MIRA MESA969
ESCONDIDO E, ESCONDIDO NE, ESCONDIDO W488
RHO BERNARDO574
CENTER CITY118
PT LOMA N, PT LOMA S52
OCEANSIDE900
OCEANSIDE, VISTA S854
SAN MARCOS W, VISTA S598
LAGUNA NIGUEL1071
MIRA MESA762
MIRA MESA726
LAKE HODGES S, RHO BERNARDO577
ESCONDIDO NW, ESCONDIDO W, SAN MARCOS E189
PT LOMA N, PT LOMA S322
CENTER CITY785
MIRA MESA963
MIRA MESA959
POWAY S924
IMPERIAL BEACH, N ISLAND-STRAND, SAN YSIDRO532
ELCAJON W554
CORONADO, N ISLAND-STRAND373
OCEANSIDE, VISTA509
GOPHERCYN, OCEANSIDE, VISTA901
OTAY MESA, RHO DEL REY1223
MIRA MESA763
MIRA MESA960
CENTER CITY786
CARLSBAD757
ESCONDIDO NW, ESCONDIDO W, SAN MARCOS E180
CENTER CITY113
CARLSBAD, RHO SANTA FE N, SAN MARCOS W754
CASA DE ORO, JAMUL WEST, RHO SD W, SINGING HILLS96
TORREY PINES737
CITY HEIGHTS, NORTH PARK366
LAGUNA HILLS, LAGUNA NIGUEL557
ELCAJON W, GRANITE HILLS416
CLAIREMONT, LINDA VISTA277
ELCAJON W76
LINDA VISTA, MISSION VLY142
CLAIREMONT279
OTAY MESA, RHO DEL REY1222
LAKE HODGES S, RHO BERNARDO1104
MIRA MESA433
CENTER CITY126
ALLIED GARDENS, LA MESA N, MISSION GORGE403
POWAY S, RHO BERNARDO937
CENTER CITY98
ESCONDIDO E, ESCONDIDO S, ESCONDIDO W519
FORT ROSECRANS, PT LOMA S481
RHO BERNARDO910
TORREY PINES742
SAN YSIDRO460
POWAY S925
LA JOLLA N, LA JOLLA S, MISSION BAY57
PT LOMA N54
TORREY PINES273
RHO BERNARDO575
ESCONDIDO E, ESCONDIDO S, ESCONDIDO W516
CENTER CITY467
CLAIREMONT, MISSION VLY711
ELCAJON W, SINGING HILLS553
RHO BERNARDO539
OTAY MESA, RHO DEL REY592
BUENA, SAN MARCOS W, VISTA S856
DANA POINT, LAGUNA NIGUEL798
OCEANSIDE199
BAY PARK, MISSION BAY579
OTAY MESA, RHO DEL REY945
RHO BERNARDO934
LA JOLLA N1173
MIRA MESA439
MISSION VLY37
ORTEGA, SANCLEMENTE991
MIRA MESA, TORREY PINES1152
BUENA, VISTA, VISTA S857
MISSION VLY708
CHULA VISTA S, OTAY MESA, RHO DEL REY1224
OCEANSIDE904
FLETCHER HILLS, LA MESA N, MISSION GORGE401
TORREY PINES267
LOGAN HEIGHTS, N ISLAND-STRAND128
POWAY N, POWAY S, RHO BERNARDO933
BAY PARK, LINDA VISTA107
CHULA VISTA E, RHO DEL REY941
CHULA VISTA E, NAT'LCITY W45
OCEANSIDE581
ESCONDIDO NW, ESCONDIDO W, SAN MARCOS E186
BLOSSOM VALLEY, LAKESIDE, LAKESIDE E, SANTEE241
NORTHCITY WEST, RHO SANTA FE S, SOLANA BEACH62
ESCONDIDO S, SAN PASQUAL474
MIRA MESA, TORREY PINES261
ELCAJON W, GRANITE HILLS, SINGING HILLS417
LAKE HODGES1251
CORONADO81-177AE
MIRA MESA1448
CHULA VISTA S, CHULA VISTA W, SAN YSIDRO531
OCEANSIDE1077
RHO BERNARDO537
CASA DE ORO, ELCAJON W, SINGING HILLS74-35
MISSION VLY, NORTH PARK, STATE COLLEGE146-275R
OCEANSIDE, VISTA, VISTA S505
OCEANSIDE1078
LA MESA N, MOUNT HELIX77-28R
CHULA VISTA E, CHULA VISTA W256
ESCONDIDO E, ESCONDIDO NE453-41
ENCANTO, LEMON GROVE, PARADISE HILLS163-29R
ORTEGA, SANCLEMENTE994
CENTER CITY, LOGAN HEIGHTS1436
LA JOLLA N572
OTAY MESA, RHO DEL REY1221
LAGUNA NIGUEL, MISSION VIEJO567
OCEANSIDE903
ENCINITAS S, RHO SANTA FE S288-18
CENTER CITY, CORONADO179
ENCINITAS S, NORTHCITY WEST, RHO SANTA FE S, SOLANA BEACH1081
CENTER CITY115
SANTEE1139
LAKE HODGES S, RHO BERNARDO1102
JAMUL WEST, OTAY MESA, RHO DEL REY114
LOGAN HEIGHTS1437
CARLSBAD589
MISSION VLY39
OCEANSIDE, VISTA821
CHULA VISTA S, CHULA VISTA W, SAN YSIDRO531
CARLSBAD, SAN MARCOS W, VISTA S858
ORTEGA984
MIRA MESA, RHO BERNARDO729
ENCANTO, LOGAN HEIGHTS80
MISSION VLY141
NORTH PARK1297
MISSION VLY1266
BAY PARK, PT LOMA N136
ESCONDIDO S, ESCONDIDO W513
ELCAJON W551