Piers at 32nd Street Naval Station, the Naval Base San Diego. Image via Wikimedia Commons
Piers at Naval Base San Diego. Image via Wikimedia Commons

The Navy reported Thursday that it helped San Diego avoid rotating power blackouts during the heat wave by disconnecting 22 ships from shore power.

“In light of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Aug. 16 proclamation of a state of emergency, the Navy began Monday to take locally based ships off the grid, shifting them from pier-connected shore power to organic shipboard power,” the Navy said.

By Tuesday, 22 ships were operating on their own power, significantly reducing the strain on the San Diego electrical grid.

The Navy estimated that by Thursday afternoon the effort had saved almost 3 million kilowatt hours of electricity.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.