‘Extreme heat peril’: Californians urged to save power as Western US continues to broil under record temperatures

As a major heat wave broils much of the Western U.S. and creates stress on energy grids, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday asked Californians to voluntarily conserve power to avoid rotating outages.

Citing “extreme heat peril,” Newsom on Thursday signed an emergency proclamation allowing power plants to increase operations if needed to meet electricity demands.

The California Independent System Operator, which runs the state’s energy grid, also issued a so-called Flex Alert calling on individuals and businesses to reduce energy use in the evenings, through Friday. The alert encouraged people to set thermostats to 78 degrees, avoid using large appliances, close drapes and blinds, turn off unnecessary lights, and use fans.

Interior areas of California, especially in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys and the deserts, baked in triple-digit high temperatures Thursday. Death Valley reached 128 degrees and Palm Springs tied the all-time record of 123 degrees.

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The heat will also continue into the weekend for much of the West and Southwest U.S. with temperatures soaring past 110 degrees. .

“For the next several days, much of the West and Southwest are expected to see triple-digit heat, making it imperative that individuals take precautions to stay safe from the heat and do what they can to conserve energy,” according to a statement from Newsom’s office.

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