California counties avoid rolling blackouts, but high temperatures to persist

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(KTXL) – The first Flex Alert of the year turned into the possibility of rolling blackouts for some in Yuba and Placer counties.

That had Placer County resident Dustin Patterson thinking about last summer.

“It’s one more thing to juggle with,” Patterson said. “All these little things add up.”

Emergency services for both Yuba and Placer counties told residents via social media that there could be rotating power outages for some between 7 p.m. to 9 p.m after PG&E made the call late Thursday.

“It’s frustrating. We are supposed to be the top state, the one that leads the way, yet we can’t even get this right,” Patterson told FOX40.

That news came around the same time California ISO Senior Vice President Mark Rothleder told reporters during a news conference there wouldn’t be a rotating blackout.

“At this point, everything is looking good with those additional tools and those extra conversion efforts through the Flex Alert,” Rothleder said.

As the heatwave for the Golden State continues, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered a state of emergency that suspends certain permitting requirements, allowing power plants to ramp up operations.

“It does allow now for resources to potentially generate capability that allows us for additional flexibility to navigate these stress conditions,” Rothleder explained.

A first warning of what the upcoming summer months could bring: the possibility of more blackouts.

“It’s one of those things that makes you wonder, we went to the moon in the 60s, but we can’t figure this out,” Patterson said.

The Flex Alert was extended into Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

To check where rolling blackouts might occur, click or tap here to visit PG&E’s website.

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