Some Like It Hot!

By Published On: October 10, 2008

The California Independent System Operator issued a “warning” October 8 as demand exceeded the forecast 36,320 MW by about 1,000 MW. That same day about 1,500 MW tripped off the grid. Windy conditions are in the forecast and reverse winds (onshore to offshore) began in the Bay Area, which denotes fire season. The California Public Utilities Commission scheduled an October 14 public meeting to gather additional information about the San Diego area fires last fall. Commissioner Tim Simon is set to facilitate the proceeding and Senator Christine Kehoe (D-Dan Diego) is expected to speak. Temperatures stayed on the warm side, but were not oppressively hot throughout the state. The California Independent System Operator’s load increased October 7 to a forecast 35,935 MW; October 9 load went down to 32,057 MW. Fires were generally tiny in the past couple weeks. The Telegraph Fire, at 34,000 acres near Mariposa was the exception. It is 100 percent contained, according to the state.

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