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Flex Alert issued for Monday amid expected increase in power demand

CAISO said the Bootleg Fire in Oregon knocked out transmission lines and reduced the power supply imported into California and other states.

CALIFORNIA, USA — The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) is calling on people to conserve energy on July 12.

The callout comes as the state's grid operator expects to see increased power demand on Monday. On Twitter, CAISO said some Oregon transmission lines were knocked out by the Bootleg Fire and are still not in service. It has reduced the power supply imported into California and other states.

With the lines unreliable and continued high temperatures, CAISO is calling on people to conserve energy between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. on July 12 to help stabilize the electric grid.

If demand outpaces supply, CAISO could call for rotating temporary power outages to extend the power supply.

Customers are encouraged to do the following during the Flex Alert:

  • Set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, if your health permits
  • Avoid using major appliances, like dish washers and clothes washers and dryers
  • Turn off all unnecessary lights

To get prepared before the Flex Alert, people are encouraged to pre-cool their home, use major appliances before the alert goes into effect, close their window coverings, and charge their electronic devices.

ABC10 Chief Meteorologist Monica Woods said some relief is on the way.

"A light breeze is starting to deliver well needed relief from the record high heat over the weekend," Woods said. 

Woods said the morning lows Monday in the valley will be in the 60s to near 70° and that the foothills will still be in the 70s to near 80° but cooler than the weekend. She said an Excessive Heat Warning continues for the foothills and valley locations north and south of Sacramento until 9 p.m. Monday night. 

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