Calif. Heat Wave Prompts Power Warnings

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Excessive heat is expected to grip most of California through the rest of the week, prompting state power officials to promote energy conservation.

Temperatures were forecast to climb close to 110 degrees Tuesday
in some parts of the Central Valley. The National Weather Service
has declared a heat warning in the Red Bluff and Redding areas of
far Northern California.

The California Independent System Operator, the agency that monitors the state's power grid, says peak energy demand could approach the record set in July 2006.

The agency is asking utility consumers to reduce power use in the late afternoon when air conditioners drive electricity use to the highest point of the day.

Weather Service forecaster George Cline says the heat wave is expected to last into the weekend.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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