Officials issue statewide flex alert for Thursday


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — California’s power grid operator has issued a Flex Alert for Thursday as much of the state is expected to experience above-average temperatures.

The California Independent System Operator has asked people statewide to reduce their energy use between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday.

Last month, California ISO directed the state’s major utilities to perform rotating blackouts due to extreme heat. The last time the power grid operator called for rolling power outages was in 2001.

Before 3 p.m., residents can:

  • “Pre-cool” their homes or lower air conditioning thermostats
  • 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

During the Flex Alert, residents are urged to:

  • 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

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