A statewide Flex Alert has been issued by the Independent Systems Operator (ISO) and was expected to run through Sunday evening.
According to the ISO, higher than normal temperatures statewide are causing power usage to spike, placing strain on the power grid. If usage is not curtailed, blackouts are possible.
The Flex Alert urges all Californians to reduce power usage and put off non-essential use until after 6:00 p.m.
Three steps are recommended now by the ISO:
- Turn off all unnecessary lights, computers and appliances.
- Adjust your air conditioning thermostat to 78 degrees or higher. Use a fan when possible.
- Postpone using major appliances and equipment until after 6:00 p.m.
Edison also urged residents to during the heat wave to avoid added stress on the power grid.
The Flex Alert come as the Coachella Valley hits it second streak of temperatures pushing 120 degrees this summer, with highs of 115 to 118 expected today.