Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is urging customers to conserve electricity in response to a statewide Flex Alert called by the California Independent System Operator (ISO), which manages the state's power grid.

In a news release, PG&E said the Flex Alert is scheduled for Friday between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. A Flex Alert is an urgent call to immediately conserve electricity and shift power demand to off-peak hours to ease strain on the grid. The ISO issued the alert in response to forecasted high temperatures and a predicted increase in electric demand, primarily from residential air conditioning use. 

Above-normal temperatures for California are expected to last through the weekend and into late next week. Prolonged heat over several consecutive days is expected to drive electricity demand higher, as nighttime temperatures are also forecast to be above average, the news release stated

PG&E is encouraging customers to reduce electricity use during the Flex Alert on Friday, especially during the afternoon and evening, when air conditioners are typically at peak use.

The company said customers should also follow these tips:

• Adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher if health permits or turn it off if you will be away from home. Use a fan instead of air conditioning, when possible.

• Draw drapes and turn off unnecessary lighting.

• Unplug phone charges, power strips (those without a switch) and other equipment when not in use. Taken together, these small items can use as much power as your refrigerator. Avoid using electrical appliances and devices. Put off tasks such as vacuuming, laundry, dish washing and computer time until after 10 p.m.

• Set your pool pump to run overnight instead of during the day.

• These Flex Alert-related conservation efforts could reduce the risk of further emergency measures, including rotating power outages, PG&E stated.

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Another Independent Voter

Okay, all of you Distance Learners! Put your schoolwork and teacher interaction off until 10pm! Really? Such ignorance. First off, hot isn't something new for most of California in the summer, especially here in the valley. PG&E behaves as though a heat wave is something fresh for us. As for air conditioner use, once we've hit 100 degrees, does it really if the mercury inches up to 105, 108 or 110? Hot is hot. Our use in the valley doesn't significantly change for most folks when it gets this hot. Liberal landmines strategically placed over the years seem to explode on top of one another. State mismanagement of power and facilities, close San Onofre, close Diablo, help PG&E, hurt PG&E, save them again, punish them again. Then we close businesses and schools, tell people to stay home - they, in turn, use more energy because that is what they do. We serve up scores of computers to scores of students who must interface with teachers from home, where we are forcing them to cower in fear. Laptops plugged in, more energy. Then, echoing the brilliance that is the state of California, we tell folks to unplug all technology until around, say, 10pm. Tell the teacher's unions we now expect distance learning to take place at 10pm and see how well that works! But, friends, we must all like it because we continue to put up with it. We HAVE been running AC at 78 during the day. But, I'm a jerk, so I'm going to drive that thing DOOOOWWWNNN because I'm told to do the opposite. Funny thing about restrictive orders, commands and directives in America - people always push back.

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