Posted: Aug 14, 2012 8:30 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News
Updated: Aug 15, 2012 12:03 AM
The California Independent System Operator issued yet another Flex Alert on Tuesday as temperatures continue to rise in much of California. It's asking for everyone's help in conserving energy, not just those living in cities bearing triple digit heat.
The CAISO said the energy demand affects the entire state and all Californians share electricity from the same power gride, therefore the Flex Alert is a statewide initiative. The CAISO said it runs 80% of the entire high voltage transmission.
Though the Flex Alert may not be in affect anymore, there are still plenty of ways to help conserve energy. The CAISO said to turn off unneccessary lights, unplug un-used electronics, turn off the air-conditioner or adjust the thermostat to 78-degrees or higher, and wash clothes in cold water. There are plenty more tips for both residents and businesses on www.flexalert.org.
Blair Jones, a spokesperson for PG&E said on Tuesday, "we're all in this together. This is the state's energy grid. There's a certain amount of electricity to meet the demand of all Californians, and so that's why the state has called for all Californians to take steps, voluntary steps to do what they can just to conserve electricity here and there. All of us doing our part can go a long way to helping make sure there's reliable electricity to meet the demand of all Californians."
The CAISO issued a Flex Alert last Friday and said from that one day, 1,000 megawatts was saved, which Jones said is equivalent to energy from two power plants.
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