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California Power Grid Feeling Strain Of Heat Wave

The California power grid is being strained by the current state-wide heat wave.

Aired 7/2/13 on KPBS News.

The California power grid is being strained by the current state-wide heat wave.

But the California ISO, which oversees the grid, says it should hold up. The California ISO’s Steven Greenlee says Northern California is being asked to conserve energy through tomorrow evening. But he says power outages aren’t likely.

“There are other steps that we would have to go through,” he says, “and other alerts that we would put out to the public before we ever got to the point where we’d have to ask for power interruptions.”

Greenlee says the southern half of the state is not under any conservation alerts, though he says the grid is strained there as well.

The State of California is asking employers to pay close attention to employees during the heat wave. They must ensure employees have enough to drink and do not suffer from any heat related illnesses.

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