State’s Grid Operator Asks Californians to Conserve Energy Today Due to High Energy Demand and Tight Supplies Across the West
Operator’s Flex Alert Requests Voluntary
Conservation Today - Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Customers Can Be Rewarded for Taking Simple
Steps to Save Energy and Protect Grid Reliability
With hot temperatures and high energy demand across California,
the state’s power grid operator is asking residents statewide to
voluntarily conserve electricity this afternoon and evening when
the grid is most stressed due to higher demand and energy supplies
The Flex Alert, called by the California Independent System
Operator (CAISO), will be in effect today, Wednesday, August 17
from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The grid operator is predicting an increase
in electricity demand, primarily from air conditioning use.
The grid operator is asking all Californians to reduce
electricity use during a Flex Alert to prevent further emergency
measures, including rotating power outages.
Saving Energy at Home
Here are ways Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
customers can cut their power use and help keep the lights (and air
conditioning) on for everyone.
Today, before 4 p.m., Californians should:
- Pre-cool your home or workspace. Lower your thermostat
in the morning. As the temperature rises outside, raise your
thermostat and circulate the pre-cooled air with a fan.
- Use major appliances, including:
- Washer and dryer
- Oven and stove for pre-cooking and preparing meals
- Close your shades: Sunlight passing through windows
heats your home and makes your air conditioner work harder. Block
this heat by keeping blinds or drapes closed on the sunny side of
Today, during the Flex Alert from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, health
permitting: Every degree you lower the thermostat means your
air conditioner must work even harder to keep your home cool.
- When it’s cooler outside, bring the cool air in: If the
outside air is cool in the night or early morning, open windows and
doors and use fans to cool your home.
- Avoid using major appliances.
- Turn off all unnecessary lights.
Making a Difference
Customers can save energy and help the grid this summer by
enrolling in PG&E’s new program, Power Saver Rewards. The free,
voluntary program rewards participants for temporarily reducing
energy use when demand is high. By conserving energy during Power
Saver Rewards events coinciding with Flex Alerts customers earn $2
for each kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy saved. It’s easy to enroll
and get rewarded for reducing energy use this summer. Visit
powersaver.pge.com to learn about the program and sign up.
Another way to help reduce the amount of power on the grid
during a Flex Alert is to enroll in PG&E’s SmartAC program.
This year, new participants will receive $75 for existing
thermostats or $120 off a new purchase of a thermostat with
Customers can not be enrolled in both demand response
Saving Energy at Your Office or Business
If you’re working in an office setting, CAISO recommends the
- Turn off any office equipment that is not currently in use.
Alternately, look for sleep or power-saving modes in between uses
during the day.
- Enable power management settings on all computers so that they
go to sleep and turn off screens when not in use.
- Plug electronics such as coffeemakers and microwaves into power
strips and switch them off when the day is done.
- As you leave the office, get in the habit of checking to make
sure computers, printers/copiers, and other office equipment is
fully shut down. If possible, switch them off at the power strip to
ensure they are no longer draining energy.
PG&E’s Demand Response programs offer incentives for
business owners and residential customers who curtail their energy
use during times of peak demand. PG&E has several of these
programs, totaling about 245,000 enrolled PG&E customers.
PG&E’s website includes detailed information on these
programs, which allow residential customers and business customers
to save energy and money.
PG&E is prepared for the heat and, based on forecasts,
doesn’t anticipate issues meeting increased demand for power.
Also, at this time, the grid operator has not indicated that it
plans to call for rotating outages. PG&E does not project a
need for a Public Safety Power Shutoff due to this weather, but the
company’s meteorology team will continuously monitor
PG&E also urges customers to stay safe during extreme heat.
The company funds cooling centers throughout its service area to
help customers escape the heat and cool off. To find a center near
you click here or call 1-877-474-3266.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E
Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is a combined natural gas and electric
utility serving more than 16 million people across 70,000 square
miles in Northern and Central California. For more information,
visit pge.com and pge.com/news.
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