'Flex Alert' in effect, calling for conservation of electricity

California residents should prepare for the likelihood of rotating electric outages
The California Independent System Operator (ISO) has issued a statewide Flex Alert, a call for voluntary electricity conservation, beginning Sunday, August 16, and extending through Wednesday., August 19. The Flex Alerts are in effect from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day. ‘Flex Alert’ in effect
'Flex Alert' in effectA persistent, record-breaking heatwave in California and the western states is causing a strain on supplies, and consumers should be prepared for likely rolling outages during the late afternoons and early evenings through Wednesday. There is not a sufficient amount of energy to meet the high amounts of demand during the heatwave. ‘Flex Alert’ in effect
On Friday, August 14, 2 million California residents had their power shut off in the state’s first rolling blackout since 2001. The pandemic is presenting additional challenges during the heatwave for those who have to seek relief from the heat in cooling centers.
However, consumers can actively help by shifting energy use to morning and nighttime hours and conserving as much energy as possible during the late afternoon and evening hours. Consumer conservation can help lower demand and avoid further actions including outages and lessen the duration of an outage. ‘Flex Alert’ in effect
Consumers are urged to lower energy use during the most critical time of the day — 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Extended periods of heat also can cause generator equipment failures that can lead to more serious unplanned losses of power.
The ISO recognizes that reducing energy use during the hot time of the day is a hardship, especially for those working from home or with children schooling at home. However, if a large number of consumers do their part in small ways, conservation can make a difference.
Between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m., the ISO is urging consumers to:
—Set air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees, if health permits.
—Defer use of major appliances.
—Turn off unnecessary lights.
—Unplug unused electrical devices.
—Close blinds and drapes.
—Use fans when possible.
—Limit time the refrigerator door is open.
Consumers can also take steps to prepare for the Flex Alert by doing the following before 3 p.m.: ‘Flex Alert’ in effect
—”Pre-cool” their homes, or lower air conditioning thermostats to 72 degrees.
—Charge electric vehicles.
—Charge mobile devices and laptops.
—Run dishwashers, washing machines and other major appliances.
—Set pool pumps to run in the early morning or late at night.

For information on Flex Alerts, to get more electricity conservation tips, and to receive Flex Alert notifications, visit the ISO’s Flex Alert website.
Additional heat-safety tips: Keep yourself cool, limit time outdoors, and stay hydrated. Also, check in on loved ones and neighbors to make sure they are staying safe from the heat as well.

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