Flex Alert issued for the weekend, calling for energy conservation
Power grid operator predicts high heat, energy demand this holiday weekend
The California Independent System Operator (ISO) has issued a statewide Flex Alert, a call for voluntary electricity conservation, beginning Saturday and extending through Monday, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
By collectively conserving energy we can help avoid future outages
Consumers can help by conserving energy, and shifting energy use to morning and nighttime hours. Conservation can lower demand and avoid the need for fossil-based generation during afternoon and evening hours when solar supply shrinks. Conservation can also help avoid potential outages. Thanks for your conservation efforts during the heatwave on Aug. 17 and 18 – they were key to preventing additional outages.
Consumers are urged to conserve electricity when the grid is most stressed in the afternoons and evenings, when temperatures remain high and solar production is falling due to the sun setting.
What you can do:
- Avoid using electrical appliances and unnecessary devices from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m.
- Adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher or turn it off if you will be away from home.
- Limit the opening of refrigerators, which is a major user of electricity in most homes.
- Login to your PG&E account and update your contact information to sign up for text or email alerts prior to PSPS events.
- Look out for your neighbors and vulnerable community members.
Local cooling center locations. PG&E’s toll-free cooling center locator line at 1-877-474-3266 or visit pge.com/coolingcenters.
Mariela Herrick (she, her)
Community Development Manager | MCE