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California Avoids Outages After Day of Grid-straining Heat

Power transmission towers line a street in Redondo Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. With record demand on power supplies across the West, California snapped its record energy use around 5 p.m. with 52,061 megawatts, far above the previous high of 50,270 megawatts set July 24, 2006. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Power transmission towers line a street in Redondo Beach, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. With record demand on power supplies across the West, California snapped its record energy use around 5 p.m. with 52,061 megawatts, far above the previous high of 50,270 megawatts set July 24, 2006. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Los Angeles (AP) -- California avoided rolling outages during extreme heat, as operators of the state’s electricity grid continued to warn that unprecedented demand on energy supplies could force them to periodically cut power to some customers.

The California Independent System Operator on Wednesday thanked residents and businesses for heeding another “flex alert,” a request to reduce electricity consumption during peak evening hours.