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Statewide Flex Alert Extended



    Statewide Flex Alert Extended

    Lingering hot temperatures have led power officials in California to extend a statewide Flex Alert through 9 p.m. Thursday. NBC 7’s Megan Tevrizian reports. (Published Thursday, July 28, 2016)

    What to Know

    • Cal ISO issues a flex alert when the power grid is under stress to meet demand.

    • The increase in demand could be caused by excessive heat or outages.

    • The ISO does not own transmission lines or power plants, but does tell power plants when to generate electricity and how much to generate.

    A statewide flex alert that was issued Wednesday for California residents has been extended through Thursday.

    The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) issued the extension just after 4 p.m. Wednesday due to continued high temperatures in the state.

    The alert is a request for Californians to use less electricity - especially during peak demand time from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    The demand for energy across the state is expected to be high until after 9 p.m. Thursday, according to Cal ISO.

    It's suggested that consumers set their thermostats to 78 or higher and turn off unnecessary lights and appliances.

    For information, go to Cal ISO's website.