California ISO Issues Statewide Flex Alert for Friday Due to Heat Wave

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The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) has issued a statewide Flex Alert that calls for voluntary electricity conservation from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, September 1, 2017.

Consumers are urged to conserve electricity especially during the afternoon when air conditioners typically are at peak use. Consumers can help avoid power interruptions by turning off all unnecessary lights, using major appliances before 1 p.m. and after 10 p.m., and setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher.

Forecasts now project record demand load on Friday and all available resources are on line and ready to respond.  Power supply conditions will be tight Friday and so will be the natural gas supply in southern California.  Southern California Gas Company and the ISO are following the processes established to manage gas supply in the LA Basin during the limitations placed on the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility.  The generation fleet has performed well so far during this prolonged heat wave without any major outages.  The ISO’s service territory serves about 80 percent of California’s electricity consumers.

For more electricity conservation tips, visit the ISO’s Flex Alert website at http://www.flexalert.org/save-energy .

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