Rolling Blackouts in California August 24 2020

From the Aug. 15, 2020 LA Times article "More rolling blackouts ordered in California amid power shortages and searing heat":

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Saturday night [8/15] it was beginning to rotate power outages affecting up to 250,000 customers in Northern and Central California. San Diego Gas & Electric said it also interrupted power to some customers but had restored all service by 7 pm.

…The broiling conditions that began Friday may rival the deadly seven-day heat event of July 2006, the National Weather Service said.

…Air quality officials issued an advisory Friday warning that the heat wave is pushing lung-damaging ozone pollution to "very unhealthy" levels and that much of Southern California will experience elevated smog through Monday.

Thanks to NY-GEO member Jens Ponikau for this tip. He points out that geothermal heat pumps cool with maximum efficiently and can cut the peak electrical demand that, when it exceeds supply, causes blackouts.

[Editor's note: The LA Times article is behind a paywall for some, so we made a PDF of it.]

Pandemic behavior?