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Flex Alert issued for TODAY, Tuesday, August 14

Post Date:08/14/2012

Due to expected high demand for electricity, state officials have called a Flex Alert requesting that everyone conserve electricity on Tuesday, August 14 during the peak demand times of 11am-6pm.


What is a Flex Alert?

A Flex Alert is an urgent call to Californians to immediately conserve electricity and to shift demand to off-peak hours (after 6 p.m.). This is critical to achieving high levels of conservation during heat waves and other challenging grid conditions such as wildfires or when major power plant or power lines are unavailable.

Conservation is an important operational tool that can generate savings of 1,000 megawatts statewide, which is equal to the output of two large power plants or enough electricity to power 1 million households.


When a Flex Alert is Called, What Can I Do?

At home and at work, take these three actions:

  • Turn off all unnecessary lights, computers, and appliances.
  • Adjust your air conditioning thermostat to 78° or higher. Use a fan instead of air conditioning when possible.
  • Delay using major appliances and equipment until after 6 p.m.

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