Californians told not to charge their electric cars at times on Labor Day weekend

Just days after approving a controversial plan to ban sales of piston-powered cars by 2035, California officials have asked residents not to charge their electric vehicles to avoid overloading the grid over Labor Day weekend. The news was announced via a so-called Flex Alert.
The California Independent System Operator (ISO), an independent power grid operator, asked residents of the Golden State to voluntarily conserve energy between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. during the three-day weekend. A looming heatwave was said to be straining the grid through September 6, 2022, and peak demand for electricity on Labor Day is expected to exceed 48,000 megawatts.
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Californians need to take three steps to conserve electricity: set their thermostats to 28 degrees or higher, avoid using large appliances and charging electric cars, and turn off unnecessary lights. The California ISO added that by following these guidelines, residents will reduce the risk of more drastic measures, such as rotating power outages. It was also pointed out that motorists driving an electric car can charge it before 4 p.m.
According to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom's office, over 40% of the nation's plug-in vehicles are registered in California, and Labor Day is one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. California also pledged to ban the sale of gasoline-powered equipment, including lawn mowers, leaf blowers, pressure washers, generators and chain saws, to encourage residents to buy electric appliances.
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. sided with environmentalists in 2016 and agreed to close the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in 2025. However, in August 2022, lawmakers voted to loan Pacific Gas & Electric Co. up to $1.4 billion to keep the plant operational through 2030. The plant's two reactors produce a combined 18,000 gigawatt-hours annually Electricity, which is about 10% of California's energy portfolio, and the Los Angeles Times explains that the power outages that hit California in 2020 convinced government officials to extend the lifespan of Diablo Canyon.
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