Good morning, California. It’s Monday, August 2.

Blackouts a real threat

First, Gov. Gavin Newsom offered cash for vaccinations. Now, he’s offering cash for energy conservation.

In a sign that California is at dire risk of rolling blackouts this summer, Newsom on Friday signed an emergency proclamation that orders the state to reimburse utilities for payments made to energy-thirsty industrial customers who agree to reduce their use when the grid is strained. The directive authorizes payments of up to $2 per kilowatt-hour — well above the 14-cent average paid by industrial customers.