Updated Friday Aug. 10:
The ISO has issued the following information:
- 24-Hour Outlook for Sat. Aug. 11: No Flex Alert
High temperatures are forecast statewide. Conservation helpful but not critical. Forecast peak demand: 43,858 megawatts.
- 48-Hour Outlook for Sun. Aug 12: No Flex Alert
High temperatures are forecast statewide. Conservation helpful but not critical. Forecast peak demand: 38,849 megawatts.
A statewide Flex Alert has been issued by the Independent Systems Operator (ISO), lasting through Sunday evening.
According to the ISO, higher than normal temperatures statewide are causing power usage to spike, placing strain on the power grid, including Southern California. If usage is not curtailed, rolling blackouts are possible.
Three steps are recommended now by the ISO:
- Turn off all unnecessary lights, computers and appliances.
- Adjust your air conditioning thermostat to 78 degrees or higher. Use a fan when possible.
- Postpone using major appliances and equipment until after 6 p.m.
The Flex Alert urges all Californians to reduce electricity usage and shift non-essential use until after 6 p.m.