in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

With a major heat wave bearing down on California, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has declared a statewide Flex Alert, under which consumers are urged to reduce their energy usage, from today through Aug. 12.

Today, high temperatures are forecast statewide. Energy demand is expected to be high, and CAISO asks consumers to reduce energy usage between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. PDT. Through the weekend, the heat wave is expected to continue, and CAISO is urging reduced energy usage between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. PDT.

In response to the Flex Alert, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has issued its own announcement to its customers, offering conservation tips such as adjusting thermostats to 78 degrees F or higher; using a fan instead of air conditioning; and putting off tasks involving electrical appliances, including vacuuming and laundry, until 6 p.m.

In addition to customer-conservation efforts, PG&E says it uses demand-response (DR) programs to reduce strain on the grid during summer months. The utility’s DR programs are voluntary and allow enrolled customers to receive an incentive for reducing their energy usage during peak-demand times.






Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
Latest Top Stories

Sensus Issues Refund To SaskPower After Smart Meter Woes

As SaskPower continues to swap out its Sensus units following several meter failures, the two companies have reached an agreement in order for the utility to recover costs.


The Smart Utility's Guide To Choosing A Smart Meter

Electricity providers across North America are taking on grid modernization. This article outlines the myriad factors a utility should consider in order to select the best-possible smart meter.


DOE Report: U.S. Wind Power Prices Reach All-Time Low

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), wind power continues to play a larger role in the U.S.' energy mix and is the cheapest it has ever been in the country.


Survey Reveals What U.S. Consumers Expect From Their Utilities

GE's new survey measures Americans' views on the state and future of the grid, as well as how much extra consumers would be willing to pay for better power reliability.


How A GIS Can Help Utilities Address The Aging Workforce And Capitalize On Data

Baby Boomers, whose experience and know-how have served the utility industry so well for decades, are retiring. The author suggests utilities can use a geographic information system (GIS) to fill in resultant knowledge gaps.

S&C Electric_id176
Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
Future Energy_id187
edf_id180