By the Office of Gov. Gavin Newsom
With the West Coast heat wave projected to intensify over the coming days, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Aug. 17 to free up additional energy capacity.
The governor yesterday [Aug. 16] signed an emergency proclamation that 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 and today sent a letter (https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/8.17.20-Letter-to-CAISO-PUC-and-CEC.pdf) to CalISO, the California Public Utility Commission and California Energy Commission demanding an investigation into the service disruptions that occurred over the weekend and the energy agencies’ failure to predict and mitigate them.