The Latest — Monday, Sept. Aug. 5:

The state’s power grid operator raised its Flex Alert to Stage 2, which strongly urges Californians to conserve energy.


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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — California officials provided an update on the statewide extreme heat and ongoing wildfire risk in a Monday morning news conference at the Office of Emergency Services in Mather.

Californians are urge to conserve energy for the sixth consecutive day, as the California Independent System Operator has issued a Flex Alert Monday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cal ISO also advised on Monday morning that it issued an Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) 1, where it “strongly urges” residents to use less energy because “energy deficiencies are expected.”

“We have now entered the most intense phase of this heat wave, forecasted demand for Monday and Tuesday is at all-time record levels and the potential for rotating outages has increase significantly,” said Cal ISO CEO Elliot Mainzer. “We’re looking at energy deficits of 2,000 to 4,000 megawatts, which is as much as 10% of normal electricity demand. We need to use every tool available to get even greater energy savings today and tomorrow as this extreme heat extends into this week.”

Mainzer said if conditions continue to “deteriorate,” a “Stage 2” emergency would be triggered, which entails Cal ISO requesting all emergency resources and and activate its emergency demand response program.

An Energy Emergency Alert 2 is when the grid operator using real-time analysis shows all resources being used or committed for use and deficiencies are expected.

The system operator has three EEA Alert levels. When an EEA 3 Alert is issued, it is because the operator is unable to meet minimum energy requirements and it must resort to rolling blackouts.

Agencies that also spoke were the National Weather Service, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, CAL FIRE, California Department of Public Health and California Public Utilities Commission.