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5 things to know about Labor Day weekend Flex Alert

The California Independent System Operator, known as Cal ISO, has issued a Flex Alert for the holiday weekend, asking customers to voluntarily conserve power.Here are five things to know about the Flex Alert and what you can do to help.Why was this Flex Alert issued?Cal ISO said hotter than average temperatures are predicted this weekend. The power grid operator expects energy demand to be high, as customers use air conditioning to combat the heat.When is the alert in effect?The alert is in effect starting Saturday and extending through Monday, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.What else can cause a Flex Alert?According to Cal ISO, alerts are issued when the grid “is under stress.”That can happen because of generation of transmission outages, or multiple days of hot temperatures.Will there be rolling blackouts?Not at this point, according to Cal ISO. Cal ISO said conditions can change quickly, which could lead to the need for rolling blackouts, but as of Thursday, no rolling blackouts are expected.How can I help conserve energy?Customers can set the thermostat at 78 degrees, or higher, close blinds and drapes, turn off unused lights and appliances and use major appliances in the morning or late evening.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —

The California Independent System Operator, known as Cal ISO, has issued a Flex Alert for the holiday weekend, asking customers to voluntarily conserve power.

Here are five things to know about the Flex Alert and what you can do to help.

Why was this Flex Alert issued?

Cal ISO said hotter than average temperatures are predicted this weekend. The power grid operator expects energy demand to be high, as customers use air conditioning to combat the heat.

When is the alert in effect?

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The alert is in effect starting Saturday and extending through Monday, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

What else can cause a Flex Alert?

According to Cal ISO, alerts are issued when the grid “is under stress.”

That can happen because of generation of transmission outages, or multiple days of hot temperatures.

Will there be rolling blackouts?

Not at this point, according to Cal ISO.

Cal ISO said conditions can change quickly, which could lead to the need for rolling blackouts, but as of Thursday, no rolling blackouts are expected.

How can I help conserve energy?

Customers can set the thermostat at 78 degrees, or higher, close blinds and drapes, turn off unused lights and appliances and use major appliances in the morning or late evening.

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