Heat waving taxing state power grid. Conservation urged

The heat wave covering California is stressing the state's power system.

The California Independent System Operation (CAISO) has declared a statewide Flex Alert, calling for conservation for today due to high energy demand during this period of extreme heat. The ISO is asking for energy conservation, particularly during peak hours between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m.
PG&E urges our customers to conserve energy use during the late afternoon and evening when air conditioners drive consumption to the highest point. Helpful tips include:
•Adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher or turn it off if you will be away from home.
•Switch off the lights when you leave a room.
•Keep refrigerator full (with bottles of water if nothing else) and unplug the second refrigerator.
•Avoid using appliances during the peak hours of the afternoon and evening, preferably after 9 p.m.
•Reset your pool pump to run during off peak hours.
For more information about Flex Alerts, visit: http://www.caiso.com/about/Pages/News/FlexAlertTips.aspx
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