High temps cause second Flex Alert of week

FILE PHOTO: Power lines are silhouetted as the sunsets over Santa Clarita on Oct. 20, 2016. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

With high temperatures continuing throughout the weekend, the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) issued its second Flex Alert of the week to encourage residents to conserve electricity.

Issued Thursday afternoon by the state’s power grid manager, the Flex Alert asks California residents to voluntarily conserve electricity from 1 p.m. to 10.m. Friday.

“Forecasts now project record demand load on Friday and all available resources are on line and ready to respond,” a statement from the ISO read.

The Flex Alert will help conserve electricity Friday when power supply conditions and the natural gas supply conditions are tight, according to ISO.

“Southern California Gas Company and the ISO are following the processes established to manage gas supply in the LA Basin during the limitations placed on the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility,” the statement read.  “The generation fleet has performed well so far during this prolonged heat wave without any major outages.”

To conserve electricity during the afternoon “when air conditioners are typically in peak use,” consumers are asked to turn off all unnecessary lights, not use major appliances between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. and set their air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher.

This is the second statewide Flex Alert for the week; the first was issued Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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