SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS & AP) – The operator of California’s power grid is calling for voluntary conservation of electricity as an intense heat wave broils the state.

The California Independent System Operator says the so-called Flex Alert will be in effect from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Energy demand for the day is forecast to exceed 48,000 megawatts, which would be the highest demand on the grid so far this year.

Officials urge consumers to particularly conserve in the late afternoon because that’s when air conditioners typically at peak use.

“We’ve had several days of persistent hot temperatures, which has already driven demand up very high,” Cal ISO spokesman Steven Greenlee told KCBS.

“We had a couple of big generators (that) broke on us yesterday evening and that tightened up supplies for today,” he added.

Major appliances should be used before or after the Flex Alert period and air conditioners should be set at 78 degrees or higher.

“We just need to ease up on demand in order to help demand,” he summed up the situation.

Comments (2)
  1. To put this in perspective:

    – There is a heatwave that lasts a few days and the state’s electric grid is almost collapsing.

    – At the same time the state wants us to drive electric cars, which during charging consume more amps than just about any home air conditioner, no matter how old and inefficient.

    – If you think that you can charge even a clown car like Nissan Leaf with your solar panels, I have some Enron stock that I will sell you at a very good price! That stock is about to go up.

    This is the warped lib pseudo-logic on full display. They know it will fail, but let’s try it anyway and make sure.

    If everyone on my street plugged in an electric car to charge in their home, the whole block would go dark. Loony California’s power grid capacity is stuck in the 1990’s.

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