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Heat Wave & Energy Shortages

In response to a significant heat wave and possible related energy shortages, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an emergency Extreme Heat Event proclamation that will allow the use of backup generators, similar backup power sources, and power plants to increase energy production to assist with current needs to reduce the strain on California’s electrical grid during peak times of this Extreme Heat Event. The proclamation, which remains in effect until midnight Tuesday, September 8th, can be found here.

Permitted facilities and operators with portable equipment registrations are required to notify the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (District), as well as the California Air Resources Board and the California Energy Commission, within 48 hours if their operations will result in exceedances of permit or rule requirements, including additional fuel use, additional hours of operation, and energy produced by that additional use and operation within 30 days of the end proclamation order (September 8th). To notify the District of any permit or rule exceedances and to submit the required follow up information, please send an email to compliance@valleyair.org

If you have any other questions about the process or the Governor’s orders, please contact:
Jason Lawler, Air Quality Compliance Manager

The District supports recommendations provided by the California Independent System Operator, which oversees the operation of California’s bulk electric power system, by encourages businesses and individuals alike to do their part (California ISO News Release), including:

Between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.:

  • Set thermostats to 78° or higher between 3 and 9 p.m.
  • Refrain from using major appliances between 3 and 9 p.m.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and use energy efficient lamps when needed.
  • Keep windows and doors closed to prevent the loss of cooled air.
  • Charge electric cars after 9 p.m.
  • Defer use of major appliances
  • Turn off unnecessary lights
  • Unplug unused electrical devices
  • Close blinds and drapes
  • Use fans when possible
  • Limit time the refrigerator door is open.