BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The California Independent System Operator is asking for the public’s help Wednesday afternoon by reducing energy use earlier than a typical Flex Alert. A statewide Flex Alert will be in effect from 2 to 9 p.m.
CAISO said consumer response to the Flex Alerts has been instrumental in averting power loss for two straight days. With temperatures forecast above-normal again, operators are expecting demand on the system to come in high, particularly in the mid-afternoon hours.
Rotating power outages are still possible if system conditions don’t improve. However, expected outages on Monday and Tuesday were prevented partly by consumers using less electricity in the most critical time of the afternoon and early evening, when temperatures remain high and solar production drops.
Between 2 and 9 p.m., the ISO is urging consumers to:
- Set air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees, if health permits.
- Defer use of major appliances.
- Turn off unnecessary lights.
- Unplug unused electrical devices.
- Close blinds and drapes.