As Sacramento Endures Record Breaking Heat, Cal-ISO Calls For Power Conservation

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The California Independent System Operator urges residents to conserve electricity from 2 p.m.to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, when temperatures in the the valleys of Los Angeles County are expected to soar into the 90s to low 100s.

According to Cal ISO officials, the alert will go into effect Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 p.m.to 9 p.m.

The expected spike has caused officials to issue a state-wide Flex Alert - a call for voluntary electricity conservation.

A less serious heat advisory will be in force until 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area and the Santa Clarita, San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys.

The state ISO is hoping to avoid strain on the power grid as temperatures rise in the afternoon and people crank up air conditioners.


Consumers are urged to conserve electricity especially during the late afternoon when air conditioners typically are at peak use.

The ISO is forecasting that peak usage will exceed 47,000 megawatts in the next two days.

"Temperatures inside vehicles, even if the windows are partially open, can quickly rise to life-threatening levels".

The sustained period of heat will last through Wednesday, and possibly into Thursday. When you do laundry, wash your clothes in cold water, and set your AC to 78 degrees or higher if you have one.

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