By the Daily Post staff
The high hit 102 degrees in Palo Alto this afternoon and state power grid authorities are asking people to conserve power.
The California Independent System Operator (ISO), which operates the grid and has to find power when demand exceeds supply, called a Stage 2 emergency shortly before 6 p.m.
Two weeks ago, the ISO instituted rolling blackouts because it wasn’t able to buy enough power when the sun went down, meaning the grid wasn’t getting electricity from solar power farms.
Tonight the ISO called an emergency after a transmission linen carrying power from Oregon to California failed, and an in-state power plant went offline unexpectedly. The cause of the outages wasn’t immediately known.
If conditions do not improve, the ISO will declare a Stage 3 emergency, which will lead to rotating power outages.
The ISO has issued a “flex alert,” a plea to consumers to voluntarily conserve electricity until 9 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow (Monday).