A statewide Flex Alert has been issued by the Independent Systems Operator (ISO), lasting through Sunday evening.
According to the ISO, higher than normal temperatures statewide are causing power usage to spike, placing strain on the power grid. If usage is not curtailed, rolling blackouts are possible.
The Flex Alert urges all Californians to reduce electricity usage and shift non-essential use until after 6:00 p.m.
Three steps are recommended now by the ISO:
- Turn off all unnecessary lights, computers and appliances.
- Adjust your air conditioning thermostat to 78 degrees or higher. Use a fan when possible.
- Postpone using major appliances and equipment until after 6:00 p.m.
The Flex Alert comes as the Coachella Valley hits a second streak of temperatures pushing 120 degrees this summer, with highs of 115 to 118 expected today.