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Latest on California’s Power Grid As State Recovers From Its First Heat Wave Of The Summer

LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 9:  A figure looks at the dynamic map board showing power distribution through California's electrical grids in the control center of the California Independent System Operator (Cal-ISO) as hot weather threatens to break state electricity consumption records August 9, 2004 in the Alhambra sector of Los Angeles, California. A heat wave prompted state utility officials to declare a "power watch" today through Wednesday, August 11, to prevent power shortages like those that lead to blackouts during California's power crisis of 2000 and 2001. Cal-ISO, which manages the flow and distribution of electricity in California, is urging consumers to reduce their use of electricity, especially from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., which are "peak demand hours."  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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A figure looks at the dynamic map board showing power distribution through California's electrical grids in the control center of the California Independent System Operator (Cal-ISO) on August 9, 2004 in the Alhambra sector of Los Angeles, California.

Last week, Californians felt the test of heat as the first heatwave of the summer enveloped over various countries. However, the rising temperatures haven't subsided just yet.

Last week, Californians felt the test of heat as the first heatwave of the summer enveloped over various countries. However, the rising temperatures haven't subsided just yet. On Thursday, California issued a state of emergency due to the excessive heat. 

The California ISO, which operates 80% of the state's electric grid, sent flex alerts over the past few days to encourage residents to conserve energy resources.

With this hot heat comes high demand for power. The worry is that Californians could cause a repeat of last August, where residents endured 2 nights of rolling blackouts. So how will California prepare for this hot summer season?

Today on AirTalk, we dive into how California's energy sources will prepare for the rising temperatures.

Guests:

Katherine Blunt, reporter covering renewable energy and utilities for The Wall Street Journal; she tweets

Elliot Mainzer, CEO of California Independent System Operator

Severin Borenstein, professor and faculty director of the Energy Institute at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, member of the California ISO Board of Governors; he tweets

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