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Californians asked to cut back power usage during extreme heat conditions

June 17, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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With millions of Californians set to experience a heat wave in the coming days, the operator of the state's power grid issued an alert that called for residents to conserve electricity on Thursday.

(CNN)With millions of Californians set to experience a heat wave in the coming days, the operator of the state's power grid issued an alert that called for residents to conserve electricity on Thursday.

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) issued a statewide Flex Alert, urging people to cut back their electricity use from 5 p. m. PT to 10 p. m. PT Thursday to avoid power shortages.

When there is stress on the power grid, demand for electricity outstrips capacity and power outages become more likely, CAISO said in a press release.

California residents can help reduce stress on the power grid by setting thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, avoiding the use of major appliances, turning off unnecessary lights, using fans for cooling instead of air conditioning, and unplugging unused items, CAISO said.

Other Western states, including Arizona and New Mexico, are also experiencing strain on their power grids due to extreme heat conditions, CAISO said.

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