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California Flex Alert issued for Thursday amid expected high temperatures – KCRA Sacramento


California’s Independent System Operator issued a Flex Alert for Thursday amid expected high temperatures to relieve stress on the grid.A Flex Alert encourages residents to voluntarily conserve electricity if there’s a possible shortage of energy supply, “especially if the grid operator needs to dip into reserves to cover demand,” according to Cal ISO. The organization is urging Californians to conserve electricity from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in order to avoid any power disruptions.Northern California is expected to see three days of 100+ degree weather, with Thursday seeing a high of 110 degrees. California ISO’s President and CEO Elliot Mainzer said Californians should set their thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, avoid using major appliances and turn off unnecessary lights. “Californians have stepped up many times before when asked to pitch in,” Mainzer said on a call with reporters Wednesday afternoon. He said that people could “pre-cool their homes” by closing window coverings and charge their electronic devices and vehicles before the evening hours.Mainzer said that there was a “good chance” any power shortages would be resolved, especially with added battery storage capacity this year. But he cited stress on the grid from across the western region. Chief Operating Officer Mark Rothleder said that the “heat intensity” in California coastal regions was not expected to be as intense as during heat events last year that caused blackouts.

California’s Independent System Operator issued a Flex Alert for Thursday amid expected high temperatures to relieve stress on the grid.

A Flex Alert encourages residents to voluntarily conserve electricity if there’s a possible shortage of energy supply, “especially if the grid operator needs to dip into reserves to cover demand,” according to Cal ISO.

The organization is urging Californians to conserve electricity from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in order to avoid any power disruptions.

Northern California is expected to see three days of 100+ degree weather, with Thursday seeing a high of 110 degrees.

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California ISO’s President and CEO Elliot Mainzer said Californians should set their thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, avoid using major appliances and turn off unnecessary lights.

“Californians have stepped up many times before when asked to pitch in,” Mainzer said on a call with reporters Wednesday afternoon.

He said that people could “pre-cool their homes” by closing window coverings and charge their electronic devices and vehicles before the evening hours.

Mainzer said that there was a “good chance” any power shortages would be resolved, especially with added battery storage capacity this year. But he cited stress on the grid from across the western region.

Chief Operating Officer Mark Rothleder said that the “heat intensity” in California coastal regions was not expected to be as intense as during heat events last year that caused blackouts.

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