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Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Public asked to cut energy consumption during heat wave

Public asked to cut energy consumption during heat wave

With temperatures reaching triple digits Tuesday and Wednesday, the California Independence System Operation (ISO) issued a statewide Flex Alert, encouraging residents conserve electricity.

With a heat wave gripping the region, a Flex Alert urging residents to voluntarily conserve electricity to ease demand on the statewide power system was in effect Tuesday, and will be repeated Wednesday afternoon.

Consumers are ask to turn off all unnecessary lights; use major appliances before 2 p.m. or after 9 p.m.; and set air conditioners at 78 degrees or higher.

More “flex alerts” are possible, as the heat wave is not expected to break until Friday.

Power lines are silhouetted as the sunsets over Santa Clarita.

A heat advisory for the Bay Area issued by the National Weather Service has been extended through 9 p.m. Thursday as sweltering temperatures continue to stay in the forecast.

The weather service also issued stern warnings about guarding against the heat.

Air conditioners can strain the demand on the power grid, according to the ISO. "Temperatures inside vehicles, even if the windows are partially open, can quickly rise to life-threatening levels", a statement from NWS read. Temperatures generally will decrease over the coming days, dipping to the week's lowest point Friday and Saturday before inching up again starting Sunday.

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