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Chance of California Power Outages Up as Heat Wave Worsens

A person paddle boards near a boat in McCovey Cove in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
A person paddle boards near a boat in McCovey Cove in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Sacramento, Calif. (AP) -- California's chance of power outages will grow in the coming days, as the state prepares to enter the most brutal stretch yet of an ongoing heat wave, officials said Sunday.

Energy demand is expected to outpace supply starting Monday evening, and predictions for Tuesday show the state rivaling its all-time high for electricity demand, said Elliot Mainzer, president and chief executive officer of the California Independent System Operator.