The California Independent System Operator (ISO) has issued a statewide Flex Alert, a call for voluntary electricity conservation.
With high temperatures in the forecast and high demand for electricity predicted, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) issued a statewide Flex Alert, a call for voluntary electricity conservation, for September 8-9 to help stabilize the state’s electric grid and deal with uncertainty created by the extraordinary conditions.
Energy reduction during a Flex Alert can prevent further emergency measures, including rotating power outages. Between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., the ISO is urging consumers to:
- Set air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, 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 4 p.m.:
- “Pre-cool” their homes, or lower air conditioning thermostats.
- 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.
Read the California ISO news release.