Residents of California are being asked to cut back on electricity for a second day on Thursday to avoid a wave of heat waves that threaten to disrupt the state’s energy grid.
The California Independent System Operator, which operates a flexible alarm grid, has been extended from Thursday to 4 p.m. Wednesday follows another Flex Alert that applies for the same hours.
Most California and US Westerners are calling for grid protection because of the tightness of the energy supply limits. ISO protects the speed of demand from the use of air conditioners, which can disrupt the grid at night when solar energy is not being collected.
In Southern California, temperatures are expected to reach between 5 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit over the weekend, especially in inland areas, according to forecasts.
According to the National Weather Service, which advises residents of the Los Angeles area to “cool down and drink water,” the nights will be hot, with temperatures ranging from 70 to 80 degrees Celsius, with temperatures expected to reach 96 to 108 degrees a day. And limit time in the heat. ”
In the San Bernardino and Riverside counties, heat advice for the Inland Empire, the Santa Ana Mountains, and pedestrian and mountain communities is in effect until 9 p.m.
Temperatures are expected in the 80’s and 90’s, and temperatures are expected to reach 103 degrees Celsius in cities such as Riverside, San Bernardino, Ontario, Moreno Valley, Fontana, Rancho Kukamoga and Corona.
Although there are some minor storms for Thursday, low humidity is expected to increase the risk of fires, the weather service said.
Flexible alarms are a call for consumers to voluntarily save energy when power demand is high and power supply is high. Such protection will help alleviate the pressure on the grid during critical evening hours when solar power is reduced or not available, the ISO said.
Flexible Alarm Before the start of Thursday and when the sun is high, residents are encouraged to take these steps and help grid operators balance supply and demand.
- Cool your home by lowering the thermostat to 72 degrees
- If you want to use your main equipment, do it before the flexible alarm goes off when the sun is high.
- Close blinds and curtains to dissipate heat from your home or apartment
- You don’t have to do it later. Fill up on electronics and electric vehicles
During Flex Alert, consumers are encouraged to:
- Set your thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, or use fans to cool the house if your health permits.
- Avoid using basic appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and dryers
- Turn off all unnecessary lights
- Unplug unused items
In order to prevent rolling out fires and to prevent wildfires, utility companies in the state have deliberately turned off power during the hot summer months. In August 2020, such a closure was the first in nearly two decades due to power shortages.