State declares Flex Alert through Wednesday as heat wave threatens power outages

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The state issued a new flex alert on Sunday calling for conserving electricity over the next four days of an expected heat wave. California’s ISO issued the flex alert from 3:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. 00 every day from Sunday to Wednesday. The Flex Alert is a call to Californians to save energy as a record heat wave persists in the state. It also means that consumers must be prepared to deal with power outages in the late afternoon and early evening.Conservation is necessary due to the energy demands mainly of air conditioning and other equipment used to keep cool. It remains in effect when the sun goes down because solar energy production decreases even though the heat remains in the evening.

ISO asks Californians:

  • Keep the air conditioning at 78 degrees. You can also “pre-cool” your home by setting it to a cooler temperature in the morning before electricity demand peaks.
  • Postpone the use of major household appliances.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and unplug unused devices.
  • Close the blinds and curtains.
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