California’s power grid operator has asked people to save energy for the sixth day in a row as the state swelters in record high temperatures.
California’s Independent System Operator (ISO) said there could be power outages in the state if “flexible alerts” guidelines are not followed.
During a flexible alert, consumers are asked to reduce their energy consumption in the afternoon and evening, when the network is the most stressed due to high demand.
People have been urged to use less energy between 4pm and 10pm local time on Monday (midnight and 6am UK time on Tuesday) under the latest alert.
California’s ISO had previously asked people to use less energy between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. local time Saturday and Sunday because demand had increased and temperatures were still rising.
People are urged to save energy during flexible alert times by setting their thermostats to 78 F (25 C) or higher, not using major appliances such as dishwashers and steamers. washing, and turning off unnecessary lights.
Speaking at a press conference when alerts were announced for Saturday and Sunday, ISO California President Elliot Mainzer said: “When we’re in a situation like this, where we we’re hitting system capacity margin and you’ve got the kind of reliability threats from fires and generating plants going offline, that flexible consumer demand, that response, can be the difference between lights that stay on or not.”
The latest alert comes after several generators were taken out of service due to extreme temperatures in the state, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Meanwhile, California’s ISO warned that ongoing wildfires and potential new fires could further strain the power grid by crippling lines and other generators.
“Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in particular are shaping up to be the most difficult of this heat wave,” the agency said in a statement.
The National Weather Service has warned that temperatures in California could reach 115F (46C) by the middle of the week.
It comes after the southern California city of San Diego sweltered in a record temperature of 95F (35C) on Saturday.
Meanwhile, firefighters in Siskiyou County in northern California are battling a blaze that has killed two people and forced the evacuation of thousands of people.
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