SDG&E cut power to large areas of San Diego County and southern Orange County on Friday night to cope with a rise in electrical energy demand brought on by the start of a heat wave that will last well into next week.The rolling blackouts began at 6:40 p.m. and ended soon after 8 p.m., SDG&E stated. CAL-ISO “directed SDG&E to initiate rotating, one-hour service disruptions (turning outages) through its service area in San Diego and southern Orange counties,” the energy stated.
The very first set of interruptions hit at around 6:40 p.m. and impacted 28,000 consumers, according to Helen Gao, an SDG&E spokesperson.
Through approximately 7:40 p.m, the impacted communities consisted of parts of Escondido, Carmel Valley, Mission Valley, Sorrento, Ocean Beach, Torrey Pines, El Cajon, Solana Beach, Kearny Mesa, Lake Murray, Tierrasanta, and Scripps Ranch. Power also was out in parts of Dana Point and San Clemente in southern Orange County.
SDG&E stated power was brought back to the very first block of clients at approximately the same time.The utility started a 2nd round of interruptions at around 7:45 p.m. The interruptions happened on a day when daytime temperatures varied from the 80s at the coast to 120 degrees at Borrego Springs. The National Weather System says that the county will be unusually warm on Friday night and that the heat wave will continue on Saturday.
CAl-ISO stated the heat wave in California plus record heat in the Southwest combined to worry the grid. CAL-ISO representative Anne Gonzales said it didnt appear most likely that more rolling failures would be required on Saturday.The power shortage is being driven by what officials say is one of the worst statewide heat waves in years, The broiling conditions that began Friday in California might match the deadly seven-day heat occasion of July 2006, the National Weather Service stated.