BOMA CALIFORNIA SPECIAL-HEAT Weekly Update- August 17, 2020


Over the weekend, Rex Hime, CBPA’s President and CEO, worked with representatives of Governor Newsom’s office to play ways to try to mitigate energy impacts of our current historic heatwave.

Please see the following message, help as you can, and let us know anything we can report back to the Governor showing how our industry is stepping up to help in this current crisis.

The Governor’s office shared the following information:

* On Friday California began to experience a power shortage of 1000 megawatts that resulted in the first rolling backouts since early 2000.

* On Saturday we had a shortage of 500 megawatts that resulted in a similar situation.

The administration believes this shortage will grow larger and continue through Wednesday of this coming week. They shared that the ISO had not prepared for any outages until 2021 and 2022 so they are scrambling to manage the situation.

To compound the problem, the heatwave is covering the entire Western United States, so the availability of importing extra energy is low.

As such they reached out to Rex on behalf of the commercial real estate industry to assist in meeting this challenge.

The state is most vulnerable between the hours of 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and they are asking us to consider raising thermostats in our buildings to reduce AC and take other steps to reduce the amount of electricity being used during that period of time.  They asked if we could make extra efforts to run the AC cooler in the non-peak period so the building could remain cool when reduced draw on the grid is most needed.

CBPA indicated that we as an industry are already following such protocols but would reach out to our members to highlight the issues and request more vigilance and that you take steps you can reasonably take beyond that.  Please know that other parts of the business community and residential users are having the same requests made of them.

If some of the larger building owners, property managers, open essential retailers and others could encourage this action between now and Wednesday it would be greatly appreciated by the administration and more importantly would serve our state well.

If this is an action you can undertake please share with us what is being done so we can compile the information and show what good citizenship and good business practices are like.



You can get real-time information from the California Independent System Operator (ISO) through their app “ISO Today” and their twitter account @California_ISOClick here or visit their website for more information



To follow are excerpts from the California Governor’s office on steps being taken to address the energy issues and what they are requesting of members of the public:

SACRAMENTO – As the West Coast continues to experience an historic heat wave and related energy shortages, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an emergency proclamation designed to free up energy capacity and reduce the need for temporary energy service disruptions.

The proclamation temporarily allows some energy users and utilities to use backup energy sources to relieve pressure on the grid during peak times during the energy emergency. The text of the proclamation can be found here and a copy can be found here.

Over the weekend, state officials worked aggressively to bring more energy resources online, including increased generation from sources like the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the California State Water Project and investor-owned utilities. The state has also worked with industrial and commercial consumers to reduce energy consumption during peak hours and to increase public awareness around energy saving measures.


All-hands energy meeting

The Governor yesterday convened an all-hands meeting with California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Energy Commission (CEC), the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and senior administration officials as the state and the entire West Coast anticipates serious power shortages as the heat wave intensifies over the coming week.

Guidance to residents and businesses to conserve power

Yesterday, CAISO issued a statewide Flex Alert calling for voluntary electricity conservation, beginning Sunday and extending through Wednesday. The Flex Alerts are in effect from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

CAISO highlighted three simple actions individuals and businesses can take to reduce energy consumption:

  • Set your thermostat to 78° or higher between 3 and 10 P.M.
  • Refrain from major appliance use between 3 and 10 P.M.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances

Click here to read the full press release.

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