Flex Alert Extended: Chance of California power outages up as heat wave worsens

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Californians are again being asked to conserve power as the state faces threats of rolling blackouts amid worsening grid challenges, California’s Independent System Operator announced.Cal ISO said a Flex Alert would be in effect for the sixth day in a row on Monday. The alerts have previously been issued for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.Grid operators called for significant demand reductions as California faces the highest likelihood of rotating outages on Monday due to a projected energy deficit.”We are facing a load forecast of 48,817 megawatts and energy deficits between 2,000 and 4,000 megawatts for Monday, resulting in the highest likelihood of rotating outages we have seen so far this summer,” said Elliot Mainzer, President and CEO of Cal ISO.The Flex Alert will be in effect from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cal ISO said the extra hour is needed because of “projected market deficiencies.”Flex Alerts are issued to avoid power disruptions due to the increased strain on the power grid due to more people using electricity to keep cool. Cal ISO expects additional calls for conservation this week. The highest temperatures are forecast on Tuesday and electricity demand is projected to hit 50,099 megawatts, according to Cal ISO. That would rival the all-time high of power usage set in July 2006 with 50,270 megawatts being used.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 items -KCRA 3 and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Californians are again being asked to conserve power as the state faces threats of rolling blackouts amid worsening grid challenges, California’s Independent System Operator announced.

Cal ISO said a Flex Alert would be in effect for the sixth day in a row on Monday. The alerts have previously been issued for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Grid operators called for significant demand reductions as California faces the highest likelihood of rotating outages on Monday due to a projected energy deficit.

“We are facing a load forecast of 48,817 megawatts and energy deficits between 2,000 and 4,000 megawatts for Monday, resulting in the highest likelihood of rotating outages we have seen so far this summer,” said Elliot Mainzer, President and CEO of Cal ISO.

The Flex Alert will be in effect from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cal ISO said the extra hour is needed because of “projected market deficiencies.”

Flex Alerts are issued to avoid power disruptions due to the increased strain on the power grid due to more people using electricity to keep cool.

Cal ISO expects additional calls for conservation this week.

The highest temperatures are forecast on Tuesday and electricity demand is projected to hit 50,099 megawatts, according to Cal ISO. That would rival the all-time high of power usage set in July 2006 with 50,270 megawatts being used.

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

-KCRA 3 and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Contributed by local news sources

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