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California under flex alert Wednesday, residents urged to conserve energy

Public asked to avoid using major appliances, unplug unused items

A flex alert has been issued for California residents from 4-9 p.m. on July 28, 2021, during which time they're asked to reduce their energy use. Embarcadero Media file photo by Sammy Dallal.

California residents are being asked to conserve energy Wednesday by the state's power grid operator because of tight power supplies and excessive heat.

The California Independent System Operator issued the request, called a flex alert, Tuesday evening. Residents are asked to conserve energy between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday to avoid rotating power outages.

Flex alerts are called when generation or transmission outages are stressing the electric grid or when hot temperatures persist.

To conserve energy, residents can set their thermostat to 78 degrees or higher, avoid using major appliances, turn off lights they aren't using, unplug unused items and use fans to cool their home. More tips can be found at cityofpaloalto.org.

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California under flex alert Wednesday, residents urged to conserve energy

Public asked to avoid using major appliances, unplug unused items

by / Bay City News Service

Uploaded: Wed, Jul 28, 2021, 12:03 pm

California residents are being asked to conserve energy Wednesday by the state's power grid operator because of tight power supplies and excessive heat.

The California Independent System Operator issued the request, called a flex alert, Tuesday evening. Residents are asked to conserve energy between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday to avoid rotating power outages.

Flex alerts are called when generation or transmission outages are stressing the electric grid or when hot temperatures persist.

To conserve energy, residents can set their thermostat to 78 degrees or higher, avoid using major appliances, turn off lights they aren't using, unplug unused items and use fans to cool their home. More tips can be found at cityofpaloalto.org.

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