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California Avoids Blackouts, But Some Cities Didn’t Get the Message

  • State grid operator says it didn’t order outages Tuesday
  • Several cities pulled plug anyway, as heat wave strained grid
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Heat Wave Pushes California Power Grid to Its Limits
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California’s grid operator said the state successfully avoided rolling blackouts Tuesday during a brutal heat wave -- but some cities apparently didn’t get the message. 

Officials in four Northern California cities -- Alameda, Healdsburg, Lodi and Palo Alto -- reported on social media that power shutdowns were underway Tuesday evening, after the state’s grid operator declared the highest level of energy emergency and heat pushed electricity demand to a record high.