State officials sent cell phone alerts to protect public safety amidst ongoing record heat, energy grid shortfalls

SACRAMENTO – With extreme weather stretching California’s energy grid and threatening public health and safety, the governor’s Office of Emergency Services issued an emergency alert Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 5:45 p m , asking residents to conserve power.As a result of this action, the California Independent System Operation saw an immediate and significant drop in energy use, providing some relief to the state’s grid.The alerts come as California and the western United States are experiencing record heat. This heat wave was on track to be both the hottest and longest in California for September ever while peak summer heat for California is normally in July and August.The following alert was sent via text message through the Wireless Emergency Alerts system to cell phone user
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