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Statewide Energy Conservation Flex Alert Issued Amid Heat Wave

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The operator responsible for managing California's electric grid issued a statewide Flex Alert on Tuesday morning, calling for voluntary energy conservation amid record-breaking heat. The Flex Alert will be in place from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, as consumers are asked to conserve electricity during the late afternoon when air conditioners are at peak use.

The California ISO, which oversees the state's electric power system, issues Flex Alerts to avoid power interruptions when the electricity grid is under stress because of generation or transmission outages, or from persistent hot temperatures.

Suggested ways of conserving energy during the Flex Alert include turning off unnecessary lights, setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher, and delaying appliance use until after 9 p.m.

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In other fun news, the heat wave is now likely to continue through September 7, according to the National Weather Service.