After California announced they were planning to ban cars requiring gasoline, the California govnerment is now requesting its citizens to not charge their electric cars to conserve electricity.
Officials have warned that the state’s electrical grid is being pushed to the limit. However, the state has announced new rules that would require all new cars to be electric, which would add to an already-strained electrical system.
Referencing the National Weather Service’s prediction of a “prolonged and record heat wave,” the California Independent System Operator is requesting “voluntary” action from citizens leading up to Labor Day weekend.
According to the American Public Power Association, “The top three conservation actions are to set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, avoid using large appliances and charging electric vehicles, and turn off unnecessary lights.”
It is speculated the reason for this request is due to expected power consumption to take place over Labor Day weekend. Last year, state-wide rolling blackouts occured during the holiday weekend, primarily due to increased airconditioning use.