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Flex alert issued for Monday to stabilize state's electric grid

California Independent System Operator asks consumers to reduce power use in the evening

The California Independent System Operator has issued a Flex Alert from 4-9 p.m. on July 12, 2021. Embarcadero Media file photo by Sammy Dallal.

Strain on the state's electrical system has prompted the California Independent System Operator to issue a Flex Alert for 4-9 p.m. Monday.

Officials said the alert is needed to stabilize the state's electric grid because of the impact of the Bootleg Fire in Klamath County, Oregon, on electric transmission lines and the continuing heat wave across the western United States.

During the Flex Alert, California electricity consumers are asked to set their thermostat to 78 degrees or higher, if health permits; avoid using major appliances; turn off unnecessary lights; use fans for cooling; and unplug unused electronics.

Similar Flex Alerts were issued for Friday and Saturday, but no Flex Alert was in effect on Sunday.

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Flex alert issued for Monday to stabilize state's electric grid

California Independent System Operator asks consumers to reduce power use in the evening

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Uploaded: Sun, Jul 11, 2021, 8:29 pm

Strain on the state's electrical system has prompted the California Independent System Operator to issue a Flex Alert for 4-9 p.m. Monday.

Officials said the alert is needed to stabilize the state's electric grid because of the impact of the Bootleg Fire in Klamath County, Oregon, on electric transmission lines and the continuing heat wave across the western United States.

During the Flex Alert, California electricity consumers are asked to set their thermostat to 78 degrees or higher, if health permits; avoid using major appliances; turn off unnecessary lights; use fans for cooling; and unplug unused electronics.

Similar Flex Alerts were issued for Friday and Saturday, but no Flex Alert was in effect on Sunday.

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Common Sense Speaks
Registered user
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 12, 2021 at 10:51 am
Common Sense Speaks, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Jul 12, 2021 at 10:51 am

Great KQED discussion with Gray Davis, Loretta Lynch, et al about the 1998 beginning of the de-regulation and manipulation of the California and wider energy market. Worth a listen at their web site.

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A generator will take one only so far.


Tom
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Menlo Park
on Jul 12, 2021 at 12:18 pm
Tom, Menlo Park
Registered user
on Jul 12, 2021 at 12:18 pm

Postponing the charging of one electric vehicle to start after 9 pm (e.g. postponing 4,000 Watts) can provide the same power relief as unplugging 200 unused electronics devices (200 X 20 Watts each). Charging EVs in all hours between 10 pm and 3 PM every day keeps the grid running clean. The very best hours for the grid are 9AM to 3 PM every day to soak up all that solar power.


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