Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is urging customers to conserve electricity in response to a Flex Alert called for today and tomorrow, July 1-2, by the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO), which manages the state’s power grid.
A Flex Alert is an urgent call to immediately conserve electricity and shift demand to off-peak hours to ease strain on the grid. The ISO issued the alert in response to forecasts of continued high temperatures this week, which will increase expected demand for electricity for air conditioning to near-record levels.
PG&E’s emergency centers are activated and additional personnel have been brought in to quickly respond to heat related outages when they occur. The utility takes preventative measures to improve reliability by upgrading transformers and wires to increase system capacity and installing intelligent switches to help minimize the duration of outages.
Adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher or turn it off if you will be away from home. Use a fan instead of air conditioning, when possible.
Draw drapes and turn off unnecessary lighting.
Keep your refrigerator full, so it will run more efficiently (with bottles of water if nothing else) and unplug the second refrigerator.
Avoid using electrical appliances and devices. Put off tasks like vacuuming, laundry, dish washing and computer time until after 7 p.m.