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A thermometer reading 116 degrees Fahrenheit during a heatwave in Portland, Oregon, U.S., on Monday, June 28, 2021. The rare and powerful heatwave that’s shattering records across the U.S. Northwest is taking a bruising toll on the region’s infrastructure, buckling highways, hobbling public transit and triggering rolling power outages. (Photo: Bloomberg) 

(Bloomberg) — The crushing heat smothering the U.S. Northwest is offering yet another stark reminder that the nation’s aging power grids weren’t built to withstand temperatures unleashed by global warming.

Avista Corp. implemented rolling blackouts Monday, June 28, for the first time after temperatures soared in Spokane, Washington, overheating its equipment as demand for electricity climbed.



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