For Immediate Release: September 1, 2017
Media Contact: Michael Ward - 916-654-4989


CAISO Issues Statewide Flex Alert for Today

SACRAMENTO - The California Independent System Operator has issue a statewide Flex Alert notice in anticipation of extremely high temperatures today.

Flex Alerts are issued to urge consumers to conserve electricity to avoid power interruptions. Customers should turn off all unnecessary lights, avoid using major appliances between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m., and set air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher.

CAISO is projecting a record demand on the state’s electricity grid on Friday due to the forecast of high heat and says power supply conditions will be tight, along with the natural gas supply in Southern California.

"A Flex Alert means the grid is under stress and must be protected to prevent power outages," said Energy Commission Chair Robert Weisenmiller. "We can all help by taking simple steps to conserve electricity such as doing the dishes or laundry after 10 p.m., using ceiling fans instead of air conditioning and turning off lights."

The Chair added that consumers, especially the sick and elderly, should avoid activities that would injure their health or safety.

CAISO manages the flow of electricity across the high-voltage, long-distance power lines that make up 80 percent of California’s grid and a small part of Nevada’s grid. CAISO sends out Flex Alerts to inform consumers about how and when to conserve electricity during heat waves and other challenging grid conditions. A full list of tips and more information on Flex Alerts is available on the CAISO website.

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The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. The agency was established by the California Legislature through the Warren-Alquist Act in 1974. It has seven core responsibilities: advancing state energy policy, encouraging energy efficiency, certifying thermal power plants, investing in energy innovation, developing renewable energy, transforming transportation and preparing for energy emergencies.