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Gov. Newsom speaks on signing of heat emergency proclamation, COVID-19 response

Posted at 10:08 AM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 17:39:48-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom will speak at noon Monday, following his signing of a heat emergency proclamation to free up energy capacity and reduce the need for temporary energy service disruptions.

The proclamation temporarily allows some energy users and utilities to use backup energy sources to relieve pressure on the grid during peak times during the energy emergency.

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.

With the severity of the heat wave and demand on energy expected to increase, state officials worked throughout the weekend to decrease energy usage and bring more energy resources online

Energy experts are asking residents and businesses this week to use AC early in the day, pre-set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher and avoid appliance use from 3 to 10 p.m.