Californians Told to Stop Charging EVs & Turn Down the A/C Amid Sweltering Heat Wave

Brittany M. Hughes | August 31, 2022
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Californians are once again being asked to temporarily stop charging their planet-saving electric vehicles and crank their thermostat up to astronomically high temperatures during a heat wave that’s expected to last through Labor Day – and which will likely disrupt the state’s energy grid.

According to the Sacramento Bee, the California Independent Systems Operator is anticipating a peak demand of 43,000 megawatts over the weekend as temperatures in some parts of the state soar 10 to 20 degrees above average, likely clocking in at about 114 degrees in places like the Sacramento Valley.

Because, you know, California is hot.

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Compounding the problem is the fact that the heat wave is expected to cover other Western states from which California usually imports energy to cover their deficit, leaving the Golden State largely on its own. So, to get through the subsequent high energy demand, the state is asking residents not to use large appliances like dishwashers (which actually use less water than washing dishes by hand, but we’ll just ignore that for now), scale back their A/C to 78 degrees or higher, and hold off on charging their electric vehicles between 4-9 p.m.

So the answer to California’s heat problem, which is supposedly being caused - or at least exacerbated - by climate change, is to instead roast yourself in your own home, sweating like a pig in the clothes you can’t wash because the machine takes too much juice, all while the expensive car you bought to help cut down on Earth-killing carbon emissions sits dead in your sweltering garage.

I see things are going just swimmingly over in lefty looneyville.

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