A statewide Flex Alert will be in effect from Wednesday amid high temperatures, the California Independent System Operator announced Tuesday.
The California Independent System Operator, which manages the state’s power grid, said the Flex Alert will be issued from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
During the Flex Alert, residents are urged to voluntarily reduce energy use to avoid strain on California’s electrical grid.
Consumers are asked to set their thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, if health permits, and take other voluntary measures, including avoiding the use of major appliances and unnecessary lights. It was recommended that people “pre-cool” their homes to around 72 degrees ahead of the 4 p.m. start time, and to make use of blinds and drapes to maintain it.
“With above-normal temperatures in the forecast across much of the state, the power grid operator is expecting an increase in electricity demand, primarily from air conditioning use, and is calling for voluntary conservation steps to help balance supply and demand,” said Cal-ISO in a statement on Tuesday.
Wednesday marks the last day of extremely high temperatures for most of the Southland before a slightly less intense weather movement heads into the area.