California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered a state of emergency Thursday, for what he called a “significant heat wave,” that has held much of the Golden State in near-record temperatures well over 100 degrees.

The state of emergency, which is expected to last through June 18, calls for Californians to take measures to “reduce the strain on the energy infrastructure and increase energy capacity.”

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) issued a Flex Alert, Thursday, calling for voluntary electricity conservation from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm on June 17 to “mitigate impact to energy supplies” in the state. CAISO urged Californians, during this time, to set their thermostats to at least 78 degrees and avoid using major appliances and “unnecessary lights.”


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