SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an emergency proclamation Friday that seeks to accelerate clean energy production and reduce stress on the state's electric grid as the effects of climate change threaten to strain the power supply. The governor declared a state of emergency brought on by climate change, including extreme heat waves, wildfires, drought and the diminished winter snowpack, and warned that California could face acute energy shortages in the coming months. Newsom's proclamation directs state agencies to accelerate clean-energy generation projects to alleviate the risk of power supply shortages. The order also authorizes a new temporary program that will pay large industrial energy consumers to reduce their demand when power supply constraints lead to a grid emergency that threatens to cause rolling blackouts. The program will remain in place through Oct. 31. "While we build toward a safe, affordable and reliable energy future that benefits all our communities, we're also taking action to meet the challenges caused by climate change that are already at our doorstep," Newsom said in a statement. Record heat waves have scorched the Western United States this summer, and Newsom warned that wildfires or an extreme heat wave could severely cripple energy-transmission systems. Drought… Read full this story
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