California has extended its Flex Alert which places restrictions on electric vehicle charging in an effort to prevent power outages.
The Flex Alert has been extended through the weekend by the California Independent System Operator.
The move comes amid a heatwave that is putting the state at risk of rolling blackouts.
The restrictions came just days after lawmakers in the state passed a law banning new sales of gasoline-powered cars by 2035.
On Friday evening, the company that manages the power grid in California extended the Flex Alert and once again asked people to reduce their energy use.
“During a Flex Alert, consumers are urged to reduce energy use from 4-9 p.m. when the system is most stressed because demand for electricity remains high and there is less solar energy available,” the California Independent System Operator said.
“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.”
“Californians are strongly urged to lower electricity use by setting thermostats to 78 or higher, health permitting, avoid using major appliances, and turning off all unnecessary lights,” officials announced Friday evening.
“Tomorrow’s Flex Alert is the fourth consecutive call for conservation, as much of the state remains gripped in an extensive heat wave.”
Last week, California’s Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom (D) bragged about being the “first jurisdiction in the world” to ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles.
California air regulators voted to ban new gas-powered car sales by 2035.
By 2035, 100% of all cars sold in California must be “free of fossil fuel emissions.”