Flex Alert: California grid operator calls for voluntary conservation ahead of Labor Day weekend heat wave

DUBLIN, Calif. — California power grid operators on Wednesday called for voluntary power conservation across the state as a heat wave ripped through the West and they warned there could be power shortages if conditions worsen.

The call for conservation between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. came as excessive heat warnings spread across Southern California and into the Central Valley, and were expected to spread to Northern California later. during the week.

On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom discussed the heat wave expected to affect California and the West Coast, through Labor Day weekend through next Wednesday.

He outlined how Californians can stay safe from extreme heat, the strain extreme weather will put on the grid, and the state’s actions to respond to the immediate emergency and expedite the state’s transition. away from fossil fuels which aggravate extreme heat.

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With this upcoming heat wave, the state is asking for everyone’s help to reduce energy consumption for fear of overloading our system.

Flex alerts could also be issued on September 4 and 5.

Labor Day is expected to put the most strain on the state’s power grid.

During a Flex Alert, people are asked to reduce their energy consumption between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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If things go wrong, there is a potential for blackouts.

During this heat wave, CAL ISO says it will use available resources and tools to meet the increased demand for electricity.

This includes reducing scheduled maintenance between noon and 6 p.m. Wednesday through Tuesday next week to ensure that all available generation and transmission lines are in service.

The CEO of CAL ISO released a video statement urging all residents to do our part.

“Like the extreme weather events we’ve seen throughout the summer, our best bet in meeting a challenge like this is when we all step up and do what we can,” said Elliot Mainzer.

CAL ISO encourages people to raise their thermostat to 78 degrees, avoiding the use of large appliances and turning off unnecessary lights.

These electric vehicles are asked to charge their car before 4 p.m., when more solar power is available.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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