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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.






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