For the second day in a row, PG&E is encouraging customers to help prevent blackouts by conserving energy as rolling blackouts are anticipated Tuesday afternoon and into the evening.
Supervisor Diane Burgis took to social media listing Tuesdays anticipated times there may be blackouts in the City of Antioch, City of Brentwood, City of Oakley and City of Pittsburg.
It is anticipated that there may be blackouts in the following areas:
Antioch – 11410 customers – 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Brentwood – 7,996 customers – 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Clayton – 468 customers – 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Knightsen – 4 customers – 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Oakley – 9143 customers – 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Pittsburg – 4157 customers – 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Per PG&E: Record breaking heatwave strains the grid
During heat waves, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the organization that runs the state’s electric grid, can call for rotating outages statewide to protect the stability of the grid. Most utilities in the state – including PG&E have been called on to participate.
These outages should last between 1 to 2 hours for most customers. These are not Public Safety Power Shutoffs due to extreme fire danger, and are not related to any issues with PG&E’s equipment or its ability to deliver energy locally.
You can do your part to help prevent blackouts by conserving energy. Set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher. Run energy intensive appliances during early morning or after 9 p.m. Close drapes and blinds to keep rooms cool.
The ISO Declares Stage 2 Emergency; Power Outages Possible
The California Independent System Operator (ISO) has declared a statewide Stage 2 Emergency for Tuesday, Aug. 18, and is urgently appealing to consumers to conserve energy immediately to avert or limit power outages today.
If system conditions do not improve, the ISO will declare a Stage 3 Emergency, including rotating power outages.
The ISO is working closely with utilities and neighboring power systems to manage the strain on the grid and to limit any potential power disruptions.
The ISO also called a Flex Alert, a voluntary call to consumers to conserve electricity, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. today through Wednesday, Aug. 19. Consumers are urged during those times to set air conditioner thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, turn off unnecessary lights, and defer use of major appliances.
These conservation measures can help the power grid during a time of tight demand and supply. Reduced energy use during a Flex Alert can prevent further emergency measures, including the incidence of rotating power outages.
The ISO also issued a warning earlier today that encouraged energy resources to participate in the ISO market and allowed the grid operator to request utilities implement demand response programs to reduce residential and business electricity use.
For information on outage locations, timing, or health concerns, contact utilities or energy providers.
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