California Energy Conservation Flex Alert Monday July 12 2021

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California Flex Alert Monday July 12 2021.
California needs consumers to conserve electricity during the Heatwave hitting the Southland.

California Flex Alert Monday July 12 2021
Flex Alert at 4:00pm-9:00pm.

With electric transmission lines from Oregon still unreliable due to the explosive Bootleg Fire and continued high temperatures across the West resulting in increased demand for electricity, the California Independent System Operator (ISO)
issued a statewide Flex Alert for Monday, July 12 201 to help stabilize the state’s electric grid and deal with uncertainty created by the extraordinary conditions.

California May Have Rolling Outages

San Diego Gas and Electric Outage Map is Online

Southern California Edison Outage Information Page is Online

Consumers Can Help and Conserve Energy
However, consumers can actively help by shifting energy use to morning and nighttime hours and conserving as much energy as possible during the late afternoon and evening hours.
Consumer conservation can help lower demand and avoid further actions including outages, and lessen the duration of an outage.

Energy Conservation Urged During 6:00pm-9:00pm
Consumers are urged to lower energy use during the most critical time of the day 6:00pm to 9:00pm, when temperatures remain high and solar production is falling due to the sun setting.
Extended periods of heat also can cause generator equipment failures that can lead to more serious unplanned losses of power.
If a large number of consumers do their part in small ways, conservation can make a difference.

California ISO Supports Green Energy To Avoid Flex Alerts

As California’s ability to store solar and wind energy with batteries or other technology continues to advance, crucial evening hours will be less of a challenge and similar emergencies rarer.
But for now, collective action to conserve is our most effective way to support grid reliability.

Reduce Your Energy Tips

10:00am-6:00pm: Prepare For A Flex Alert

“Pre-cool” your home or lower air conditioning thermostats to 72 degrees
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

4:00pm-9:00pm: Flex Alert Energy Conservation Requested

Set air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees, 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.

San Diego Gas & Electric Outage Tips

Prepare A Outage Kit
Outage Kit Should Include
Battery-powered radio or television
Flashlights
Batteries
A phone that does not require electricity
Non-electric alarm clock
Bottled water and nonperishable food
Manual can opener
First aid kit
Manufacturer’s instructions on how to manually open power-operated doors (e.g., garage doors)
Computer Tips

Protest Your Computer From Power Surges

Protect your computer from power surges with proper electrical connections.

Have a battery backup for your computer for use during outages.

If you work out of your home, take steps to secure back-up power, lighting, and safety options during an outage.

A Flex Alert is issued by the California Independent System Operator (ISO), a nonprofit, public benefit corporation that operates the high voltage grid in California and in parts of six western states.
The ISO does not own transmission lines or power plants, but does tell power plants when to generate electricity, how much to generate and where the electricity will be delivered.
The ISO is regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C.

Additional Information

Sign Up For Flex Alerts at Cal ISO

San Diego Gas and Electric Outage Map is Online

Southern California Edison Outage Information Page is Online

San Diego Gas and Electric Energy Tips

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