Power usage – Energy Tower http://energytower.org/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 04:03:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://energytower.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/icon-2022-02-03T174243.577.png Power usage – Energy Tower http://energytower.org/ 32 32 Vietnam drastically reduces electricity consumption at its largest solar farm; blow to the country’s desire to increase the use of renewable energy https://energytower.org/vietnam-drastically-reduces-electricity-consumption-at-its-largest-solar-farm-blow-to-the-countrys-desire-to-increase-the-use-of-renewable-energy/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 09:22:00 +0000 https://energytower.org/vietnam-drastically-reduces-electricity-consumption-at-its-largest-solar-farm-blow-to-the-countrys-desire-to-increase-the-use-of-renewable-energy/ HANOI, Sept 13 (Reuters): Vietnam has cut the utilization rate of electricity generated at its largest solar farm by 40% due to the lack of a pricing mechanism in place, authorities confirmed. the country’s desire to increase the use of renewable energies. The electricity trading unit of the utility EVN has reduced the utilization rate […]]]>

HANOI, Sept 13 (Reuters): Vietnam has cut the utilization rate of electricity generated at its largest solar farm by 40% due to the lack of a pricing mechanism in place, authorities confirmed. the country’s desire to increase the use of renewable energies.

The electricity trading unit of the utility EVN has reduced the utilization rate from 450 MW to 278 megawatts (MW) at the Trung Nam – Thuan Nam solar power plant in Ninh Thuan province, the government said in A press release.

Vietnam, which pledged last year to become carbon neutral by 2050, is seeking to increase its installed power generation capacity with a focus on renewable energy.

The EVN unit said the reduction in usage from September 1 was due to “lack of a pricing mechanism”, according to a letter reviewed by Reuters that was sent to power plant developer Trung Nam Group.

“We cannot use the part of the installed capacity for which a feed-in tariff has not been approved by the authorities,” EVN deputy general manager Nguyen Anh Tai said in the government press release. .

The existing pricing mechanism, at 9.35 US cents per kWh, is only applicable for the first 2,000 MW of solar capacity in the province.

Trung Nam, in a separate letter, had asked the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and EVN to resume full use of the solar park.

Resuming full use would help the investor cover their investment cost and “avoid bankruptcy”, according to the letter reviewed by Reuters.

Vietnam’s renewable energy developers frequently face concerns about local regulations and their relationship with EVN, said Hanoi-based energy analyst Nguyen Thanh Son.

“The government needs to separate the power transmission operations from EVN and commercialize the power sector quickly.”

US climate envoy John Kerry said last week in Hanoi that the utilization rate of installed renewable energy sources in Vietnam was too low.

In March, EVN urged people to save energy as it warned of power shortages due to limited coal supplies. -Reuter

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Gujarat Municipal Corporation on the Use of Judicial Power; Counted https://energytower.org/gujarat-municipal-corporation-on-the-use-of-judicial-power-counted/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 09:13:48 +0000 https://energytower.org/gujarat-municipal-corporation-on-the-use-of-judicial-power-counted/ The misguided use of power in various departments – regional offices, urban health centers including the headquarters of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) deals a heavy blow to the funds managed by the Western State Municipal Corporation from Gujarat. After all efforts by the Municipal Commissioner, MCD has to pay INR 20 crore per month […]]]>

The misguided use of power in various departments – regional offices, urban health centers including the headquarters of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) deals a heavy blow to the funds managed by the Western State Municipal Corporation from Gujarat.

After all efforts by the Municipal Commissioner, MCD has to pay INR 20 crore per month and INR 250 crore per year as electricity bill.

The latest increase now brings the effective FPPPA (FUEL & POWER PURCHASE PRICE ADJUSTMENT) charge on electricity bills to INR 2.50 per unit resulting in an additional tariff of INR 270 crore per month from the May billing cycle to June. Agricultural users are however an exception as the government provides subsidies for the category.

AMC Commissioner, Lochan Sehra, IAS Lot 2002, Gujarat Cadre, who won Best Collector Award for Mehsana and Best DDO Award for Bharuch District, issued a circular calling on employees to use electricity wisely.

Officers normally arrive around 10:20 a.m., but an hour before, the lights, fan, and air conditioning are turned on.

Air conditioners were also reported to stay on for longer hours even though officers weren’t present in their rooms, leading to higher bills.

Chairman of the Municipality’s Revenue Committee Jainik Vakil after discussing with officials of BJP and other agencies asked for report for installation of solar panels in AMC premises to save maximum of electricity.

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Vietnam cuts power consumption at its largest solar farm https://energytower.org/vietnam-cuts-power-consumption-at-its-largest-solar-farm/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 12:02:00 +0000 https://energytower.org/vietnam-cuts-power-consumption-at-its-largest-solar-farm/ Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register HANOI, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Vietnam has cut the utilization rate of electricity generated at its largest solar farm by 40 percent due to the lack of a pricing mechanism in place, officials said on Tuesday. authorities. the country’s desire to increase the use of renewable […]]]>

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HANOI, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Vietnam has cut the utilization rate of electricity generated at its largest solar farm by 40 percent due to the lack of a pricing mechanism in place, officials said on Tuesday. authorities. the country’s desire to increase the use of renewable energies.

The electricity trading unit of the utility EVN has reduced the utilization rate from 450 MW to 278 megawatts (MW) at the Trung Nam – Thuan Nam solar power plant in Ninh Thuan province, the government said in A press release.

Vietnam, which pledged last year to become carbon neutral by 2050, is seeking to increase its installed power generation capacity with a focus on renewable energy.

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The EVN unit said the reduction in usage from September 1 was due to “lack of a pricing mechanism”, according to a letter reviewed by Reuters that was sent to power plant developer Trung Nam Group.

“We cannot use the part of the installed capacity for which a feed-in tariff has not been approved by the authorities,” EVN deputy general manager Nguyen Anh Tai said in the government press release. .

The existing pricing mechanism, at 9.35 US cents per kWh, is only applicable for the first 2,000 MW of solar capacity in the province.

Trung Nam, in a separate letter, had asked the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and EVN to resume full use of the solar park.

Resuming full use would help the investor cover their investment cost and “avoid bankruptcy”, according to the letter reviewed by Reuters.

Vietnam’s renewable energy developers frequently face concerns about local regulations and their relationship with EVN, said Hanoi-based energy analyst Nguyen Thanh Son.

“The government needs to separate the power transmission operations from EVN and commercialize the power sector quickly.”

US climate envoy John Kerry said last week in Hanoi that the utilization rate of installed renewable energy sources in Vietnam was too low. Read more

In March, EVN urged people to save energy, warning of power shortages due to limited coal supplies. Read more

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Yunnan asks aluminum producers to reduce electricity consumption https://energytower.org/yunnan-asks-aluminum-producers-to-reduce-electricity-consumption/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 10:34:00 +0000 https://energytower.org/yunnan-asks-aluminum-producers-to-reduce-electricity-consumption/ Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Southwest China’s Yunnan province has ordered electrolytic aluminum producers to cut electricity consumption this week, the companies told Reuters on Tuesday. Yunnan’s move is another sign that soaring energy prices are having a strong impact on aluminum production across the world, […]]]>

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BEIJING, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Southwest China’s Yunnan province has ordered electrolytic aluminum producers to cut electricity consumption this week, the companies told Reuters on Tuesday.

Yunnan’s move is another sign that soaring energy prices are having a strong impact on aluminum production across the world, although domestic prices have had a limited impact so far.

Producers have been required to reduce their energy use by about 10% from their normal consumption from September 13 to 14, said officials from two producers, who declined to be named because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the order.

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The companies had already reduced power consumption by 5 percent from normal use from Sept. 10 to 12, following an order issued by the Dali Power Supply Bureau, which is part of Yunnan’s power grid.

The power cut in the southwestern province came after poor rainfall in the region this year reduced its hydropower supply, which normally accounts for 75% of its electricity.

Yunnan Power Grid declined to comment when contacted by Reuters. Dali’s power supply office could not immediately be reached.

“It affects about 10% of our capacity,” said a source at a large foundry, with an annual capacity of 900,000 tonnes of electrolytic aluminium.

Production cuts and the disappearance of hydropower’s cost advantages should provide some cost support for prices, but rising inventories also weighed on the Chinese market, said Zenon Ho, an analyst at Marex Metals.

Yunnan, with an annual operational capacity of 5.25 million tons of electrolytic aluminum, accounts for about 10% of China’s capacity.

The Shanghai Metals Market predicts China’s aluminum output in September will fall 3.4% month-on-month to 3.37 million tonnes following power rationing in Yunnan.

It is not certain that the power cuts will be prolonged. Hydroelectric production is generally low from November after the end of the rainy season.

This happened against the backdrop of growing cuts in production of the energy-intensive metal in Europe due to soaring energy prices. Read more

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EU mulls emergency power cuts, price caps, profit grab…, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld https://energytower.org/eu-mulls-emergency-power-cuts-price-caps-profit-grab-energy-news-et-energyworld/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 09:27:00 +0000 https://energytower.org/eu-mulls-emergency-power-cuts-price-caps-profit-grab-energy-news-et-energyworld/ The European Union (EU) will pursue sweeping measures to reduce electricity consumption and cap electricity prices as part of an emergency response to curb soaring energy costs that are sending shockwaves in the economy of the region. The EU’s executive arm plans to propose that the bloc’s 27 member states limit excessive revenue from companies […]]]>

The European Union (EU) will pursue sweeping measures to reduce electricity consumption and cap electricity prices as part of an emergency response to curb soaring energy costs that are sending shockwaves in the economy of the region.

The EU’s executive arm plans to propose that the bloc’s 27 member states limit excessive revenue from companies producing electricity from sources other than gas and use the profits to support consumers, the president of the EU said. the Ursula von der Leyen Commission. This would be done by imposing a price cap on electricity produced from technologies such as renewable energy, lignite or nuclear energy.

The unprecedented energy market entry plan also includes a tax on fossil fuel producers, a price cap on Russian gas imports, measures to increase liquidity for energy companies if needed and a mandatory target reduction in electricity consumption. The EU is under increasing pressure to curb soaring energy prices and avoid social upheaval as the heating season approaches.

“We are facing astronomical electricity prices for households and businesses and enormous market volatility,” von der Leyen told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday. “Therefore, we will come up with a set of immediate measures that will protect vulnerable consumers and businesses and help them adapt.”

The plan will be discussed with member states at an emergency meeting of EU energy ministers on Friday.

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Ursula von der: The EU must consider emergency cuts in electricity consumption, price caps, a drain on profits… https://energytower.org/ursula-von-der-the-eu-must-consider-emergency-cuts-in-electricity-consumption-price-caps-a-drain-on-profits/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 19:12:00 +0000 https://energytower.org/ursula-von-der-the-eu-must-consider-emergency-cuts-in-electricity-consumption-price-caps-a-drain-on-profits/ The European Union (EU) will pursue sweeping measures to reduce electricity consumption and cap electricity prices as part of an emergency response to curb soaring energy costs that are sending shockwaves in the economy of the region. The EU’s executive arm plans to propose that the bloc’s 27 member states limit excessive revenue from companies […]]]>
The European Union (EU) will pursue sweeping measures to reduce electricity consumption and cap electricity prices as part of an emergency response to curb soaring energy costs that are sending shockwaves in the economy of the region.

The EU’s executive arm plans to propose that the bloc’s 27 member states limit excessive revenue from companies producing electricity from sources other than gas and use the profits to support consumers, the president of the EU said. the Ursula von der Leyen Commission. This would be done by imposing a price cap on electricity produced from technologies such as renewable energy, lignite or nuclear energy.

The unprecedented energy market entry plan also includes a tax on fossil fuel producers, a price cap on Russian gas imports, measures to increase liquidity for energy companies if needed and a mandatory target reduction in electricity consumption. The EU is under increasing pressure to curb soaring energy prices and avoid social upheaval as the heating season approaches.

“We are facing astronomical electricity prices for households and businesses and enormous market volatility,” von der Leyen told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday. “Therefore, we will come up with a set of immediate measures that will protect vulnerable consumers and businesses and help them adapt.”

The plan will be discussed with member states at an emergency meeting of EU energy ministers on Friday.

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California avoids blackouts as energy consumption sets record https://energytower.org/california-avoids-blackouts-as-energy-consumption-sets-record/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 17:34:43 +0000 https://energytower.org/california-avoids-blackouts-as-energy-consumption-sets-record/ READ MORE California heat wave Click the arrow below for more coverage of California’s dangerous heat wave. Expand All With temperatures soaring and electricity supplies dwindling, California’s power grid teetered on the brink of blackouts for several hours Tuesday night before conditions improved and grid officials said that the crisis was over. After avoiding blackouts […]]]>

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With temperatures soaring and electricity supplies dwindling, California’s power grid teetered on the brink of blackouts for several hours Tuesday night before conditions improved and grid officials said that the crisis was over.

After avoiding blackouts on Monday night, the independent system operator was struggling to fortify the grid. It declared a stage 3 “energy emergency alert” just before 5.30pm, a sign that the first power cuts since 2020 could occur at any time. The organization said on Twitter that the outages were “highly possible”.

There were conflicting reports of outages beginning in parts of Northern California about an hour later. ABC10 reported power outages in parts of Lodi, and municipal utilities in Healdsburg and Alameda posted on social media that they had been ordered by the state’s grid manager to begin cutting customers. The three cities are part of a joint authority called the Northern California Power Agency, based in Roseville.

But spokeswoman Anne Gonzales of the Independent System Operator, which runs the network, said the ISO had not imposed any power cuts, and the organization announced on Twitter that its stage 3 emergency is over. was over at 8 p.m. without rotating interruptions.

Late Tuesday, the City of Lodi said on its Facebook page that a “miscommunication” between the NCPA and ISO caused the city to offload “by mistake.” The city had shut off nearly 1,400 customers for less than an hour, removing about 5.5 megawatts of load from the system.

Meanwhile, SMUD issued its own warning to the Sacramento area that power outages could hit the area for the first time in 20 years, and urged customers to raise their thermostats to 82 degrees by late post- midday. But as of 8:30 p.m. there were still no power outages in the area, other than those caused by equipment malfunctions.

“Thanks to our customers, we avoided rotating outages today,” said SMUD spokeswoman Lindsay Vanlaningham.

For several hours, it appeared that power outages would be inevitable. The ISO said Stage 3 emergencies are just “one stage away from commanding rotating blackouts”.

But somehow the grid held on. The state’s Office of Emergency Services issued a final call for conservation, sending text alerts to Californians’ phones saying, “Power outages can occur if you don’t act.” About an hour later, Cal OES said the texts resulted in “an immediate and significant drop in power consumption.”

The ISO emergency was declared around the time electricity demand peaked at 52,061 megawatts, breaking the record of 50,270 consumed in July 2006.

It was also hundreds of megawatts more than ISO officials had predicted a day earlier for Tuesday’s outlook – a sign that the record heat wave and grid conditions were deteriorating, apparently from hour by hour. Temperatures in parts of the Sacramento Valley are expected to hit 118 degrees Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.

“We’re heading into the worst part of this heat wave,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a video released Tuesday morning. “The risk of breakdowns is real and it is immediate.” He then signed an executive order easing air pollution restrictions on various types of power plants and standby generators.

SMUD, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, is not part of the ISO system and would not be affected by state rollout outages. But SMUD had its own supply issues and warned customers they had to hold on or risk outages.

“Our predicted peak is higher than what we have. If customers don’t hold, we may be forced to do rolling stops, which we haven’t done in 20 years. We need SMUD customers to hold between 4 and 9 p.m. And of course we are doing everything we can on our side,” VanLaningham said earlier today.

SMUD: turn the thermostats to 82

SMUD asked customers to cool their homes early — then raise thermostats to 82 degrees, four degrees higher than what the state was seeking, in another sign of how difficult the evening was.

“SMUD will exhaust all avenues before the rotating blackouts are called,” the utility said, including buying power in the open market. The utility can also deploy its “Air Conditioning Load Management Program,” which gives it the ability to turn off the air conditioning to customers who have signed up for the program. They get bill credits in return.

“That would be the last step before the rotating breakdowns,” VanLaningham said.

The ISO issued a Flex Alert for the seventh consecutive evening, calling on Californians to reduce their energy use between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. to avoid power outages. This includes turning thermostats up to 78 degrees and turning off heavy appliances such as dishwashers.

Even with the voluntary conservation, it was clear the grid was going to be pushed to the limit – the organization said it faced “supply shortfalls” of up to 3,400 megawatts as of Tuesday night. That would be enough electricity to power more than 2.5 million homes.

Adding to ISO’s problems: More than 8,700 megawatts of electricity were unavailable on the grid Tuesday morning due to various plant outages, according to ISO data. That was about 1,000 more megawatts lost than a day earlier.

“We have now entered the most intense phase of this heat wave,” ISO Director General Elliot Mainzer said on Monday.

The ISO called a Stage 2 emergency on Monday evening – an indication that power outages were increasingly likely – but the alert expired three hours later as conditions improved.

The state pulled out all the stops to try to avoid a repeat of the two nights of blackouts that hit California in August 2020, when a total of about 800,000 homes and businesses suffered power outages. lasting from 15 minutes to more than two hours.

State office building thermostats in Sacramento were ordered up to 78 degrees at 4 p.m. Tuesday — and 85 degrees an hour later.

Despite Newsom and the Legislature’s resolve to fight climate change and eliminate carbon emissions, the state started up a new fleet of state-owned gas-fired electric generators for the first time on Monday. in Roseville and Yuba City. An executive order signed by Newsom last week allows commercial businesses to operate standby generators that would normally be prohibited due to air pollution regulations. The governor’s top aides were “seeking megawatts” – a frantic push to persuade big business to reduce their electricity use.

Power cuts rotated from one customer block to another, usually lasting an hour or two. They would affect member utilities of the ISO network, including PG&E Corp., Southern California Edison and other major utilities.

Mainzer said Californians have done a great job reducing their energy use over the past week, but more is needed as scorching temperatures will remain in place for most of this week.

“We know it’s been a long time,” Mainzer said, “and it’s going to get even harder.”

This story was originally published September 6, 2022 10:36 a.m.

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Dale Kasler covers climate change, the environment, the economy and the convoluted world of California water. He also covers major corporate stories for McClatchy’s Western newspapers. He joined The Bee in 1996 from the Des Moines Register and graduated from Northwestern University.

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Bay Area consumers urged to conserve energy to avoid outages during record heat wave https://energytower.org/bay-area-consumers-urged-to-conserve-energy-to-avoid-outages-during-record-heat-wave/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 23:14:00 +0000 https://energytower.org/bay-area-consumers-urged-to-conserve-energy-to-avoid-outages-during-record-heat-wave/ Aaron Johnson, PG&E Regional Vice President for the Bay Area, spoke about the importance of conserving power later in the day between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. to avoid power outages. “So we’re really encouraging everyone, anything you can do, run the dishwasher, charge your electric vehicle, do a load of washing, if you can […]]]>

Aaron Johnson, PG&E Regional Vice President for the Bay Area, spoke about the importance of conserving power later in the day between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. to avoid power outages.

“So we’re really encouraging everyone, anything you can do, run the dishwasher, charge your electric vehicle, do a load of washing, if you can do it outside of that window, it’s up to this time that the network is the most stressed in this weather.”

The California Independent System Operator also called a flexible alertthese alerts urge customers to reduce their energy consumption, which will help reduce stress on the state’s power grid.

PG&E confirmed there were no power outages on Monday. So far, all outages have been attributed to equipment failures. More than 45,000 customers were without power as of 7 p.m. Monday evening. As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, around 4,000 customers remained without power.

For those who don’t have air conditioning at home – or experience a power outage – cooling centers are a great way to escape the heat. Again, Aaron Johnson:

“We’re here in Alameda County, there’s over 30 in Alameda County, we’ve added this one here in San Leandro, we’re donating some of the resources that we normally do at an event power outage, we’ve got snacks, we’ve got a charger for your phone, we’ve got water.”

Bay Area residents can go to the PG&E website and locate a cooling center near them.

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‘Dangerous’ heat wave looms as NorCal urged to save energy https://energytower.org/dangerous-heat-wave-looms-as-norcal-urged-to-save-energy/ Wed, 31 Aug 2022 18:10:09 +0000 https://energytower.org/dangerous-heat-wave-looms-as-norcal-urged-to-save-energy/ SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Forecasters predict the most “dangerous” heat wave of the year will hit the Bay Area through Tuesday. As temperatures rise, authorities are warning residents to be aware of the potential for power outages and heat-related illnesses. California’s independent system operator issued a statewide flex alert Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 9 […]]]>

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Forecasters predict the most “dangerous” heat wave of the year will hit the Bay Area through Tuesday. As temperatures rise, authorities are warning residents to be aware of the potential for power outages and heat-related illnesses.

California’s independent system operator issued a statewide flex alert Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., along with recommendations for electricity conservation –

Before 4 p.m.:

  • Pre-cool the house by setting the thermostat to as low as 72 degrees
  • Use major appliances including: Washer and dryer, Dishwasher, Oven and stove for pre-cooking and meal preparation
  • Charging electric vehicles
  • Adjust blinds and curtains to cover windows

From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.:

  • Set the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher, if health permits
  • Avoid using major appliances and charging electric vehicles
  • Turn off all unnecessary lights

“Restricted maintenance” has been issued through Tuesday from noon to 10 p.m. each day, Cal ISO said. If weather or network conditions worsen, network operators said they could issue a series of emergency notifications to access additional resources.

“When we hit these heat waves, we see a greater load on the system,” Severin Borenstein, a professor at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and faculty director at the Energy Institute of Haas. “We’re going to have a really tight weekend with the extreme heat and we need people to be aware of that.”

Over the long weekend, Californians will be asked to further reduce their electricity use from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., when the grid is at its peak due to electricity demand.

“Reducing electricity consumption during this time will ease the strain on the system and prevent more drastic measures, including rotating blackouts,” the network operators wrote in a statement.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. also asks customers to consider energy reduction requests issued by the grid operator.

“To reduce the strain on the network, we recommend that customers use their main appliances – washer, dryer, dishwasher, oven and stove – use them earlier in the day because it is hot in the late afternoon. -noon,” said Megan McFarland, spokeswoman for PG&E. KCRA.

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning from San Diego to Sacramento and warned of health risks associated with high temperatures.

Temperatures will start to climb Wednesday by at least a few degrees in most areas, with temperatures reaching the low 90s in the interior of East Bay.

For the holiday weekend, temperatures are expected to reach the high 80s on the coast, mid-80s to low 90s around the bay, and high 100s in most inland areas.

Forecasters are urging the public to take these precautions starting Thursday:

  • Avoid being outside during the day
  • Stay hydrated and in a cool place
  • Use air conditioning if available
  • Cancel outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day

“Dangerous heat is expected later this week over Labor Day weekend. There is an increasing risk of heat-related illness with elevated heat risk. Plan ahead for cooling and hydration adequate, especially if you have outdoor plans,” meteorological service officials tweeted on Wednesday.

Although grid operators are urging residents to reduce their energy use, weather service officials warn that in many areas fans won’t be enough to keep cool.

“The combination of warm daytime temperatures and warm nighttime lows over several days will result in a very high risk of heat-related illness for all populations,” NWS officials said. “Fans will not provide adequate cooling, so use air conditioning or seek air conditioning in a public place or local cooling shelter.”

Weather officials expect this heat wave to be “unusually dangerous” due to extreme afternoon highs and “oppressive” overnight lows.

Residents are asked to keep an eye out for vulnerable family members, neighbors and friends. Newborns, pregnant women, children, the elderly and people with chronic illnesses are particularly at risk, officials said.

“Everyone is exposed to the dangers of extreme heat, but these groups are more vulnerable than most,” NWS officials said. “Age and certain conditions make the body less able to regulate temperature.”

Residents are also asked to protect their pets.

The Kennel Club has advised against walking dogs on the sidewalk during extreme heat as it can burn their paws.

The best way to tell if a sidewalk is too hot for your dog to walk on is to place the back of your hand on the sidewalk for seven seconds. If it’s too painful for your hand, then it’s too painful for your dog’s paws, the Kennel Club says.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reminded residents never to leave pets inside a locked vehicle, even for short periods, because the interior of a vehicle parked in the heat can quickly become deadly.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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Hawaiian Electric urges residents to reduce evening power usage this week https://energytower.org/hawaiian-electric-urges-residents-to-reduce-evening-power-usage-this-week/ Mon, 29 Aug 2022 10:05:00 +0000 https://energytower.org/hawaiian-electric-urges-residents-to-reduce-evening-power-usage-this-week/ Big Island residents have been urged to save energy in the evenings this week. Hawaiian Electric said Hamakua Energy Providers – the island’s largest independent power provider – is currently “unavailable” and not producing the 60 megawatts of electricity it typically generates. Additionally, one of Hawaiian Electric’s own power plants undergoes annual maintenance, creating another […]]]>

Big Island residents have been urged to save energy in the evenings this week.

Hawaiian Electric said Hamakua Energy Providers – the island’s largest independent power provider – is currently “unavailable” and not producing the 60 megawatts of electricity it typically generates. Additionally, one of Hawaiian Electric’s own power plants undergoes annual maintenance, creating another 14 megawatt shortfall.

For this reason, Hawaiian Electric has urged residents to save energy between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. each night this week. Suggested methods include turning off or dimming lights, postponing showers, laundry and dishwashing, and minimizing cooking during evening hours.

Hawaiian Electric also asked major commercial suppliers to reduce their own energy consumption and accelerated its own maintenance and repair programs. The company also asked Puna Geothermal Venture to operate at the maximum possible power.

Hawaiian Electric currently plans to have enough generating capacity to meet peak demand in the early evening, and energy conservation efforts can ensure that power outages will not be necessary. However, if power outages become necessary, Hawaiian Electric will use social media to notify affected areas in advance.

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