CO Energy Company Locks Customers Thermostat; CA Tells Electric Car Owners to Unplug

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Xcel, a Colorado power company, last week used a voluntary program to block 22,000 participating customers from adjusting their thermostats for several hours as outside temperatures soared. An Xcel official said that the “energy emergency” was intiated due to an unexpected power outage combined with heavy AC usage due to hot weather. Meanwhile, one week after California unveiled plans to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035, the state is urging electric car owners to not charge their vehicles to avoid power outages in the midst of a heat wave, with temperatures expected to be in the triple digits.