the electricity reserves undermined by the heat wave

the electricity reserves undermined by the heat wave

the electricity reserves undermined by the heat wave

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Global warming: electricity reserves undermined by the heat wave
France 2

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C. Verove, J. Cohen-Olivieri – France 2

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Repeated wildfires and intense heat, California, once again, is bearing the brunt of the consequences of global warming. Public authorities are calling for limiting the consumption of electricity, in particular the charging of electric vehicles.

California is suffocating from the scorching heat. Suffocated between devastating fires and a scorching wave that touches the records: 52 ° C in Death Valley. In the south of the state, XXL temperatures. “In Nevada, California, it’s terrible. I don’t know what happens with this heat wave, it’s falling on us“, testifies a resident. The city of Los Angeles has had to open cooler rooms, a refuge for the inhabitants, where the air conditioning works at full capacity.

The problem for California is that it can no longer cope with this excessive consumption of electricity due to crumbling infrastructure and out of order generators. Californians have been ordered to reduce air conditioning and the charging of their electric cars. The paradox is that California has decided to switch to fully electric cars by 2035, a conundrum. By betting on 100% green energy by 2045, California is a pioneer in the fight against global warming without knowing if its production will be enough to fight increasingly frequent heatwaves.

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