Flex Alert for Energy Conservation Thursday
Source: City of Santa Barbara
Extreme heat forecast; consumer help will be key to preventing outages
The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and state agencies are closely monitoring temperatures and grid conditions across the state during this heat wave. CAISO has issued a Flex Alert for TODAY, Thursday, June 17 asking consumers and businesses to conserve energy between the hours of 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
A Flex Alert is typically issued in the summer when extremely hot weather pushes up energy demand as it reaches available capacity. This usually happens in the evening hours when solar generation is going offline and consumers are returning home and switching on air conditioners, lights, and appliances.
Learn more Flex Alerts HERE.
Before a Flex Alert is in effect, consumers can take specific steps to manage their electricity usage to maintain comfort during days that conservation is needed. Specifically, consumers can:
- Pre-cool your home by lowering the thermostat
- Use major appliances, like your dishwasher, and clothes washer and dryer
- Close window coverings to keep your home or apartment cool
- Charge electronic devices
- Charge electric vehicles
From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. TODAY, when the statewide Flex Alert is in effect, consumers can help by:
- Setting your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher, if health permits
- Avoiding the use of major appliances
- Turning off all unnecessary lights
- Using fans for cooling
- Unplugging unused items