Again this year, California’s Energy Conservation Network and the California Independent System Operator (ISO) will be running the Flex Alert system, and calls for residents and business owners to participate in the program.
What is Flex Alert?
A Flex Alert is a notification that goes out when there is an urgent need to conserve energy. Flex Alerts are typically put out when there is a high forecasted peaks in demand or when there are low power reserves caused by heat waves, storms, or unplanned generator outages. If this happens, a voluntary call is sent out to Californians to follow these steps:
- Turn of all unnecessary lights, computers, and appliances.
- Postpone usage of major appliances until 6 pm.
- Turn your air conditioning thermostat to 78°F or higher.
In the past years, Californians participating in the Flex Alert program have achieved high levels of conservation during heat waves and other risks to the electric grid such as wildfires or when major power plants or power lines are unavailable.
It is anticipated that there will be a greater risk this year for rolling blackouts and power shortages. The main reasons include an overlapping of two major hazards: the historic drought, and approaching heat storms.
It is highly recommended for all California residents to sign up and participate in energy conservation when a Flex Alert is called. To sign up to receive Flex Alerts, and to learn more about the program, visit www.flexalert.org.