California Gov. Gavin Newsom gave an update on the state's weekend rolling blackouts amid the triple-digit heatwave and a global pandemic.
"We will move forward with the type of focus and diligence that is required of us," he said. "I'm not pleased with what happen..."
Newsom also signed an emergency proclamation designed to free up energy capacity and reduce the need for temporary energy service disruptions on Monday adding the state is working with the largest consumers in the state to reduce usage.
According to a press release fro Newsom on Monday, "Over the weekend, state officials worked aggressively to bring more energy resources online, including increased generation from sources like the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the California State Water Project and investor-owned utilities. The state has also worked with industrial and commercial consumers to reduce energy consumption during peak hours and to increase public awareness around energy saving measures."
This comes after rolling blackouts over the weekend as California faced an incredible heatwave and everyone was shut indoors with air conditioning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Newsom said there have been some temporary service interruptions for some customers that will continue "likely today, Tuesday and likely through Wednesday."
"This next few days we are anticipating the challenges as it relates to all of these conditions as it precipitated at once in this historic moment," Newsom said. "We failed to predict and plan for these shortages and that is simply unacceptable."
According to an Associated Press story "The state remained gripped by the heatwave Saturday, with several records either tied or broken, according to the National Weather Service."
The California Independent System Operator issued a flex alert beginning Sunday through Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day.