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California Confronts Another Day of Heat, Possible Blackouts

  • State asks consumers for second day to curb power use
  • Drought and strained power supplies plague entire western U.S.
A CalFire helicopter practices water drops along Folsom Lake in Granite Bay, California, on June 16, 2021.
A CalFire helicopter practices water drops along Folsom Lake in Granite Bay, California, on June 16, 2021.Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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California avoided blackouts Thursday evening, but grid officials warned that power supplies may be tight again on Friday as a triple-digit heat wave continues to grip the western U.S.

The Golden State asked residents to turn off unneeded lights and appliances to avoid a repeat of historic rotating outages that plagued the state last summer.