Southern California Flex Alert in effect Monday
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Southern California is in the midst of a sweltering heat wave and will be on Flex Alert from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Jun. 20. The California Independent System Operator made the declaration Sunday, urging consumers to conserve electricity during peak hours. The high heat is expected to drive electricity usage up, particularly usage of air conditioners to beat the heat.
Consumers can help avoid power outages during high-usage times by turning off all unnecessary lights, waiting until 9 p.m. to use major appliances and setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher. Fans are a good alternative to air conditioners, and keeping window shades drawn can also help combat the rising heat.
Flex Alerts are issued when the California ISO determines a power outage risk due to increase stress on the electricity grid.
For more information on Flex Alerts, how consumers can help and tips on how to conserve energy click here for information from KUSI’s Steve Bosh.