- Sep 14, 2020 11:49 am GMT
On the 14th of August, California’s grid operator felt that demand was going to outstrip supply and alerted the utilities that they may be called upon to institute rotating outages. Residential consumers were immediately bombarded with FlexAlerts to voluntarily shed load or risk losing power. It is unclear how many got the message, how many understood it and how many responded to it. At some point, rolling blackouts were triggered. The same draconian exercise was repeated on the 15th.
Californians, worn out by the PSPS events of last October, were now ready to do anything to avoid yet another re-run of this horror show. By the 16th, they had figured out that the best way to avoid blackouts was to shed load. Additional blackouts did not occur.
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