TIMES OF SAN DIEGO
By Chris Jennewein
CARLSBAD - The San Diego County Water Authority said Tuesday production has been cut back at the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant to conserve electricity and prevent rolling blackouts during the statewide heat wave.
The plant operated by Poseidon Water relies on electricity to convert seawater to drinking water, using a lot of power still but less than 1% of the peak energy demand in the San Diego Gas & Electric service area.
Starting Monday, the plant reduced output, making an additional 8 megawatts of power available for other uses. Further load reduction is possible if necessitated by the heat wave.
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