Possible Rotating Power Outages Throughout County
Source: City of Goleta
California Independent System Operator (ISO) has declared a Stage 2 electrical emergency due to excessive heat driving up electricity use and putting a strain on the State’s electrical grid. During this emergency, if system conditions do not improve, the ISO may declare a Stage 3 Emergency, which they did last evening (August 14) through midnight. A Stage 3 emergency occurs when the ISO is unable to meet minimum contingency electricity reserve requirements.
Stage 3 emergencies usually occur during periods of prolonged, excessive heat that covers a large geographic area (such as statewide). During such conditions, air conditioning systems are used for long periods of time, which is often a major contributor to the power grid’s depletion.
During a Stage 3, the ISO can require electrical utilities to conserve power by turning off electrical services to customers, typically referred to as “rotating power outages.” Rotating power outages may occur at any time with no notice throughout the State, including Santa Barbara County. Such power outages may last anywhere between 1-2 hours.
Please note that though rotating power outages may occur because of the extreme heat felt statewide, Stage 3 rotating power outages are not associated with the public safety power shutoff (PSPS) program.
Californians are urged to take action by conserving electricity usage. More information is available at sce.com/rotatingoutage.