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Heat Wave Could Lead To Rolling Power Outages On Central, South Coasts

We could face some rolling power outages for the next few days as a result of the heat wave hitting California. 

State officials say that based on current projections, California could be about 4400 megawatts short of what it needs to meet demand.  That’s enough power to serve about 3.3 million homes.  People are being asked to conserve, especially during peak early evening hours.

The California Independent System Operator is reporting that we could see rotating power outages lasting up to one to two hours.  The rolling outages could come without notice.

The Governor issued an emergency proclamation to try to free up some energy capacity.  At the same time, he said he will investigate why many people over the weekend had no notification that they were potentially going to be hit by outages as a result of the heat wave. 

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.