Power conservation alert issued for California

Angie Massey
June 20, 2017

Cal ISO has issued a flex alert for Tuesday and Wednesday due to the heat wave, which is reaching its peak across Southern California.

A Flex Alert is issued by the ISO when the electricity grid is under stress because of generation or transmission outages, or from persistent hot temperatures.

"Consumers can help avoid power outages by turning off all unnecessary lights, using major appliances before 2 p.m. and after 9 p.m., and setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher", the agency said.

The weather service issued stern warnings about guarding against the heat.

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As part of the conservation effort, state residents are encouraged to voluntarily use less electricity during the late afternoon hours when air conditioners are typically used most.

The current heatwave, which is expected to last through Thursday and possibly longer, may not seem that dramatic in San Francisco, where temperatures are just above normal and things are still pleasant.

Temperatures of between 100 and 106 were forecast in the mountains while in the Antelope Valley, temperatures of between 106 and 112 were expected through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. "Temperatures inside vehicles, even if the windows are partially open, can quickly rise to life-threatening levels", a statement from NWS read. Also, good luck finding an air conditioner repairman.

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