Heat Wave & Energy Shortages

In response to the current heat wave and related energy shortages, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an emergency proclamation that will allow the use of backup generators and similar backup power sources to reduce the strain on California’s electrical grid during peak times of the energy emergency. The proclamation suspends air quality requirements for power plants and also allows them to increase energy production to assist with current needs, and allows at berth ships to operate auxiliary engines.  The proclamation, which remains in effect through October 31, 2021, can be found here.

Permitted facilities are required to notify the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD), as well as the California Air Resources Board and the California Energy Commission, within 48 hours if their operations will result in exceedance of permit requirements. To notify South Coast AQMD of any permit exceedances, please send an email to

South Coast AQMD has issued a Compliance Advisory which can be found here.

South Coast AQMD supports efforts to reduce energy use and encourages businesses and individuals alike to do their part, including:

  • Set thermostats to 78° or higher between 3 and 10 p.m.
  • Refrain from using major appliances between 3 and 10 p.m.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and use energy efficient lamps when needed.
  • Keep windows and doors closed to prevent the loss of cooled air.
  • Charge electric cars after 9 p.m.

If you have any other questions about the process or the Governor’s orders, please contact:

Terrence Mann
Deputy Executive Officer for Compliance & Enforcement
Phone: 909-396-3023

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