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State urges conservation to avoid power outages amid heatwave

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Posted at 7:06 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 22:06:47-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services is asking all Californians to conserve energy to avoid energy service interruptions.

Cal OES is encouraging all Californians to take steps now to prepare themselves and their families should a temporary service disruption occur.

The California Independent System Operator issued a statewide Flex Alert calling for voluntary electricity conservation and extending through Wednesday.

The Flex Alerts remain in effect from 3 to 10 p.m. daily.

Cal OES has partnered with utilities and local officials to mitigate the impact to Californians during potential rotating outages.

ISO highlights three actions individuals and businesses can take to reduce energy consumption:

Set your thermostat to 78° or higher between 3 and 10 p.m.
Refrain from major appliance between 3 and 10 p.m.
Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances

Additional steps and guidance can be found here.