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California enters day eight of “Flex Alert”; Possible energy emergency


Thursday marks the eighth day in a row that a “flexible alert” will be declared in the state of California, asking electricity consumers to minimize their energy consumption, including by not plugging in electric vehicles, between 3:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. h

As the San Francisco Chronicle noted, this is two hours longer than the usual “Flex Alert”, and an energy emergency is possible:

As Thursday was shaping up to be another day of extremely high demand amid the heatwave, the California grid operator issued an emergency watch advisory from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday. That’s more hours than previous emergency watches during this heat wave. The network was in its second level of state of emergency as of 5:45 p.m. Wednesday; at the third level, he could decide to initiate continuous blackouts.

The immediate cause of the power shortage is a heat wave, caused by a high-pressure system that sits over the western United States. Meteorologists are now saying they expect the “heat dome” to start dissipating and temperatures to start cooling on Friday.

But the longer-term cause is the fact that California made the political decision to quickly switch to renewable energy sources like solar and wind, and move away from fossil fuels. Until last week, it was planned to also abandon nuclear energy in 2025; the life of the state’s last nuclear power plant was extended by five years by lawmakers, as the current energy crisis began in full force.

The state also bans the sale of gasoline-powered passenger vehicles beginning in 2035; Although officials and experts say it is possible for California to expand its energy policy by 30% to accommodate the shift to an all-electric fleet, this is seen as a major challenge. And, since this week’s energy crisis, the state is telling drivers not to charge cars the state wants to force buyers to buy.

Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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