The Latest – Saturday, July 10:
The California Independent System Operator has reported that the grid is stable and that the Flex Alert has been lifted.
In addition to California ISO’s Flex Alert, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is asking customers to limit electricity use due to the utility’s power lines being impacted by wildfires burning in the Pacific Northwest.
SMUD officials announced Saturday afternoon that power shortfalls are possible due to transmission lines in Oregon exporting reduced power to the local grid.
“While SMUD will use every available measure to keep the lights on for our customers and community, power shortfalls are possible,” SMUD said in the release.
In an effort to keep the power supply consistent, SMUD is asking residential customers to raise air conditioner setting to 80 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
In addition, customers are asked to limit the use of appliances and water during the hours of 3:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. Saturday.
The Latest – Friday, July 9:
An additional Flex Alert has been issued for Saturday, July 10, from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Original story below.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — As temperatures continue to rise into the weekend, the California Independent System Operator has issued a Flex Alert that will start at 4 p.m. Friday and last until 9 p.m.
California ISO says even just a little bit of effort makes a big difference on the state’s power grid.
“Get some energy out early in the morning and then we got here earlier than usual to beat the heat,” said Sacramento resident Sandra Mann.
A trip to the park first thing in the morning was Mann’s priority Friday as temperatures were expected to hit triple digits.
“It getting warm is normal, but not up like triple digits to 110, you know? That’s not normal,” Mann said.
“When we get hit simultaneously with very hot weather here in California and in adjacent areas, it really does put strain on our grid,” said California ISO President and CEO Elliot Mainzer.
California ISO is asking residents to limit their power usage Friday 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.
Cooling centers in the city of Sacramento see more guests than usual in the scorching heat.
“We do see some of our community members taking advantage of this type of site where you can maximize how many folks are coming in taking advantage of some cool air,” said Daniel Bowers, the director of Emergency Management for Sacramento
As it continues to get hotter and residents are asked to conserve, Mann said she will do what she can to lower her energy use.
“Try to conserve the best we can and then use our neighbor’s pool and then stay inside when it gets really, really hot,” she told FOX40.