California ISO Issues Statewide Flex Alert Due to Extreme Heat
The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) has issued a statewide Flex Alert, a call for voluntary electricity conservation, September 8-9 from 4 to 9 p.m. to reduce stress on the grid and avoid power outages.
Consumers are urged to conserve electricity especially during the late afternoon and evening when air conditioners typically are at peak use. You can help avoid power outages by:
- Turning off all unnecessary lights.
- Using major appliances before 3 p.m. and after 10 p.m.
- Setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher.
- Closing blinds and drapes inside your home.
The ISO has called on all available resources to be available to serve demand, however, conservation is needed to reduce the risk of further emergency measures, including rotating power outages.
The ISO’s service territory serves about 80 percent of California’s electricity consumers.
• Set thermostat at 78° or higher and turn off, if away
• Cool with fans and draw drapes
• Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances
• Use major appliances in morning or late evening
Learn more: flexalert.org
A Flex Alert is issued by the ISO when the electricity grid is under stress because of generation or transmission outages, or from persistent hot temperatures.
Consumers are urged to voluntarily conserve electricity to help avoid more serious steps to protect the power grid, including local rotating outages.
Click here to learn more about Flex Alerts and Stage Electrical Emergencies.