Source: City of Santa Barbara
Extreme heat forecast; consumer assistance will be essential to avoid breakdowns
The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and state agencies are closely monitoring temperatures and grid conditions statewide during this heat wave. CAISO issued a Flex Alert for TODAY on Thursday, June 17, asking consumers and businesses to conserve energy between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
A Flex Alert is typically issued in the summer when extremely hot weather increases the demand for energy as it reaches available capacity. This usually happens in the evening when solar production is disconnected and consumers go home and turn on air conditioners, lights and appliances.
Before a Flex Alert goes into effect, consumers can take specific actions to manage their electricity use to maintain comfort on days when conservation is needed. Concretely, consumers can:
- Pre-cool your home by lowering the thermostat
- Use large appliances, like your dishwasher, washer and dryer
- Close window coverings to keep your home or apartment cool
- Charging electronic devices
- Recharge electric vehicles
From 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. TODAY, when the Statewide Flex Alert is in effect, consumers can help by:
- Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher, if your medical condition allows it
- Avoid the use of large appliances
- Turn off all unnecessary lights
- Use of fans for cooling
- Unplug unused items