There may be rotating power outages in California Monday night, due to high demand on the state electrical grid, which could affect Santa Barbara County residents.
Rotating power outages are not the same as public safety power shutoffs, which are based on decisions by utility companies. PSPS outages are typically a measure taken during high-fire-risk weather, and are based on location.
Due to hot weather, state officials have warned of possible rotating power outages through Wednesday, and previously implemented them over the weekend in other parts of California.
Southern California Edison’s rotating outage status page has a list of areas that would be impacted by a Monday shutoff — estimated to last one or two hours — and they include areas of South County.
Each electricity customer’s bill includes information about the rotating outage group number, according to Edison, and the website also allows searching by city name and county name.
PG&E, which supplies power to North County customers, said rotating power outages are likely in the state Monday afternoon and evening.
Company spokesman Mark Mesesan said earlier Monday that an outage could impact customers in San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara counties, and that PG&E does not typically get enough notice ahead of time to warn specific customers.
“PG&E continues to urge our customers to conserve energy as above-normal temperatures continue to dominate across the service area today and are expected to continue at least through Wednesday,” he said in an email.
Santa Maria broke a heat record Sunday, and high temperatures were recorded across the county for the past several days.
The California Flex Alert issued Monday urges people to conserve energy, especially between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m., by limiting use of applicances, turning air conditioners to 78 degrees or above, and turning off unnecessary lights.
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