Turn Off Those Extra Lights or Face More Rolling Blackouts Today in CA

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By KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO
The heat is on -- and more rolling blackouts are underway.
 
The manager of the state's power grid has declared a Stage 2 emergency.   
 
So, turn off those extra lights today or they may be turned off for you in the form of rolling blackouts.
 
During a news conference call, California’s Independent Systems Operator President Steve Berberich said we almost had those blackouts Monday afternoon, then something happened.
 
"At 3 p.m. at about 45,000 megawatts low level, we had a dramatic flattening...like we have never seen before and we believe it's all attributable to the great work people did to conserve, to the many companies and corporations that took a load off the system," he said.
 
Now they have a bit more power.
 
He predicts Californians will demand more power again Tuesday than that they have unless people actively conserve energy.
On Monday, San Diego Gas and Electric reported about an hour ago Monday afternoon that it was going to start pulling the plug on more than 100,000 of its customers.
 
That announcement came after CAL ISO officials had warned that the shortfall of electricity today could lead to rolling blackouts affecting as many as 3 million customers statewide today and possibly tomorrow.
 
The reason for the 4400-megawatt shortfall of electrical capacity is the heat storm affecting not just California but states throughout the west.
 
It could translate to as many as 3 million customers being blacked out at one time to another, the most at any time in the state’s history.
 
Steve Berberich, President and CEO of Cal ISO, said there is no real way to predict whose lights will be turned off. That's the call of the local utilities.  The blackouts will be spread out until the power demand begin to tail off in the evening hours after 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and then it becomes an issue of safely re-energizing lines and restoring power to those people who had a blackout.
 
Meanwhile, LADWP said on its website and social media Monday afternoon that "While the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has adequate supply to meet its customer demand and emergency reserves at this time, we join CASIO in urging customers to conserve energy to help the state grid and reduce the strain on neighborhood distribution systems."
In order to help lessen the strain on neighborhood electrical infrastructure and help out the state grid, LADWP recommends the following tips to save energy:

Adjust air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees to reduce energy usage during the hottest hours of the day when air conditioning systems have to work the hardest to cool. If you are away from your home, turn your air conditioning systems off.

Reduce power use during the afternoon/early evening hours from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m. when energy use is highest.

Limit use of major appliances during peak hours of the day. Use washing machines, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners and other heavy appliances during the early morning hours or during evening hours.

Ventilate the home in the early morning and evening by opening windows and doors to clear out the heat and allow cooler air to circulate. Close window curtains, shades or blinds during warmer hours to reduce the extra heat from direct sunlight coming through windows.

Turn off lights and other electrical equipment when they are not in use.

Unplug “energy vampires” like cell phone chargers, microwave ovens and other appliances that use energy even when not in use.

Order takeout if possible to avoid using the stove and range, helping to keep temperatures down indoors.

We urge ALL customers to reduce their electricity use between 3-10pm today through Wednesday to help the State and local Grid and reduce strain on equipment during the CA #FLexAlert. Set thermostats to 78, use appliances after 10pm and turn off lights. Thank you!

— LADWP (@LADWP) August 17, 2020