FLEXIBLE ALERT | Power consumption could cause power outages | South Pasadenan

Light rain and a hint of thunder greeted residents of South Pasadena Thursday morning as the area warms for the fourth day in a row. Now: a “FLEX Alert“. Power outages are a real possibility. The ISO in charge of Los Angeles County has issued power outage warnings due to increased demand on the power grid.

South Pasadena Cooling Centers are on, with the Senior Center on Oxley Street playing a major role in caring for seniors and those who need help during a power outage in our community.

According to the Independent Systems Operator (ISO) website, here is what LA County residents are asked to do during the FLEX alert to save energy and avoid power outages:

During a Flex Alert, when retention is required, consumers must:
– Set air conditioner thermostats to 78 degrees, health permitting
– Avoid using dishwashers, washers, dryers and ovens
– Turn off unnecessary lights
– Unplug or turn off electrical appliances that you are not using
– Keep blinds and curtains closed to prevent the sun from warming the house
– Use fans when possible

FLEX Alert Chart
GRAPHIC: Flexalert.org | FLEX alert issued to Southern California

“A flexible alert is typically issued in the summer, when extremely hot weather increases energy demand as it reaches available capacity. This usually happens in the evening when solar generation is disconnected and consumers go home and turn on air conditioners, lights and appliances.

More information can be found on the ISO website: Flexalert.org

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