Flex Alert: Californians asked to conserve energy for 3rd day as strain on power grid expected

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Californians are being asked to conserve power for a third day in a row as the state’s grid operator expects another strain on the energy grid.Video above: Weather forecast for September 1, 2022The California Independent System Operator, or Cal ISO, announced on Thursday that a Flex Alert was issued for Friday, which is forecast to be hotter than Thursday’s high temperature.With a Flex Alert, residents are urged to conserve electricity from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. as energy use is expected to increase amid a long stretch of high temperatures, the California Independent System Operator said in a release.The Flex Alert was issued to avoid power disruptions due to the increased strain on the power grid due to more people using electricity to keep cool.On Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order intended to temporarily increase the state’s energy supply.So far this week, there have not been any unplanned outages reported in relation to excessive use of energy. In 2020, multiple factors including high temperatures and an Oregon wildfire led to several days of rolling blackouts for millions of Californians. Here are things you can do to conserve energy during a flex alertSet the thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, if health permitsAvoid using major appliancesTurn off unnecessary lightsUse fans for coolingUnplug unused itemsThe heat is expected to continue through Tuesday. On Wednesday, Cal ISO said more Flex Alerts are possible through the weekend.

Californians are being asked to conserve power for a third day in a row as the state’s grid operator expects another strain on the energy grid.

Video above: Weather forecast for September 1, 2022

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The California Independent System Operator, or Cal ISO, announced on Thursday that a Flex Alert was issued for Friday, which is forecast to be hotter than Thursday’s high temperature.

With a Flex Alert, residents are urged to conserve electricity from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. as energy use is expected to increase amid a long stretch of high temperatures, the California Independent System Operator said in a release.

The Flex Alert was issued to avoid power disruptions due to the increased strain on the power grid due to more people using electricity to keep cool.

On Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order intended to temporarily increase the state’s energy supply.

So far this week, there have not been any unplanned outages reported in relation to excessive use of energy. In 2020, multiple factors including high temperatures and an Oregon wildfire led to several days of rolling blackouts for millions of Californians.

Here are things you can do to conserve energy during a flex alert

  • Set the thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, if health permits
  • Avoid using major appliances
  • Turn off unnecessary lights
  • Use fans for cooling
  • Unplug unused items

The heat is expected to continue through Tuesday. On Wednesday, Cal ISO said more Flex Alerts are possible through the weekend.

Contributed by local news sources

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