California ISO issues Flex Alert due to Oregon wildfire, heat

California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — With power lines impacted due to a wildfire in Oregon and continued high temperatures, the California Independent System Operator has issued a Flex Alert for Monday.

The alert will begin at 4 p.m. and will last until 9 p.m.

With electric transmission lines from Oregon still unreliable due to the explosive Bootleg Fire and continued high temperatures across the West resulting in increased demand for electricity, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) issued a statewide Flex Alert for Monday, July 12 to help stabilize the state’s electric grid and deal with uncertainty created by the extraordinary conditions. 

The California Independent System Operator

“The fast-moving Bootleg Fire tripped off transmission lines on Friday and again Saturday, limiting electricity flow from the Pacific Northwest to California and other states,” California ISO reported.

Power supplies have been reduced by as much as 5,500 megawatts.

A Restricted Maintenance Operations is also in place, California ISO said. The RMO requires generators to postpone any planned outages for routine equipment maintenance, allowing all available resources to be dispatched to the grid.

Residents are asked to limit their power usage Monday night by setting thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, turning off unnecessary lights and not using big appliances.

California ISO suggests residents use fans and to pre-cool homes earlier in the day.

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