Flex Alert issued for California on Thursday amid high temperatures

SAN FRANCISCO -- A statewide Flex Alert has been issued for Thursday with hot weather expected to strain the state's power grid.

With high temperatures expected across the state, there's expected to be a greater demand for power, with everyone staying indoors and blasting the AC.

California ISO is asking people to reduce energy consumption from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. by:

  • Setting the thermostat to 78 degrees
  • Turning off unnecessary lights
  • Using large appliances like washers and dryers during off-peak hours
  • Close blinds and drapes to keep rooms cool
  • "Pre-cool" homes overnight so they don't need as much energy to cool during the day
  • Use fans instead of AC when possible

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So a Flex Alert has been issued in California amid a heat wave, but what exactly does that mean?

"The conservation measures can help the power grid during a time of tight demand and supply, and avoid power interruptions. Energy reduction during a Flex Alert can prevent further emergency measures, including rotating power outages," California ISO says.

The Flex Alert follows a Public Safety Power Shutoff that is expected to impact 53,000 customers in 24 California counties, but none in the Central Valley. PG&E says a gusty wind event, combined with dry and warm conditions could cause a heightened fire risk, causing them to turn off the electricity in affected areas.
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