"Conserve energy now to protect public health and safety. Extreme heat is straining the state energy grid. Power interruptions may occur unless you take action. Turn off or reduce nonessential power if health allow, now until 9 pm," the text read.
ISO estimated energy demand peaked at 47,357 megawatts- the highest it's been since September 2017 according to Bloomberg.
\u201cWow, check out the timing of the text that California sent out to the public, and then the moment that electricity consumption in the state started to roll over.\n\nhttps://t.co/Kgl9TwZGom\u201d
Shortly after the text message was sent, power consumption dropped by 1.2 gigawatts and continued to drop throughout the evening, saving Californians from widespread blackouts.
\u201cCan I just say I\u2019m so proud of California. When I got the emergency text warning about possible blackouts due to heat waves I just assumed everyone would ignore it and think they couldn\u2019t make a difference. But we showed out for our state and our environment :)))\u201d
Later that evening, the California Governor's Office tweeted thanking residents who did their part to conserve energy.
"Thank you to everyone who saved power - coming together to keep the lights on for each other is the California way. But, we aren’t out of the woods yet. We will see continued extreme temps this week and if we rallied today, we can do it again."
The heat wave is expected to continue through the week.
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