With high temperatures in the forecast and record-high demand for electricity predicted, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) issued a statewide Flex Alert, a call for voluntary electricity conservation, today, Tuesday, Sept 6th, to help stabilize the state’s electric grid and deal with uncertainty created by the extraordinary conditions.
During a Flex Alert, Californians are strongly urged to lower electricity use by setting thermostats to 78 or higher, health permitting, avoid using major appliances, and turn off all unnecessary lights. Energy reduction during a Flex Alert can prevent further emergency measures, including rotating power outages.
To minimize discomfort and help with grid stability, consumers are encouraged to
pre-cool their homes and use major appliances before 4 p.m., when solar energy is
typically abundant. The Flex Alert is scheduled between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. when the grid is most stressed from high demand and less solar energy on the system.
The City wants to remind the public that the Goleta Valley Library (500 N. Fairview Ave) is available as a Cooling Center during their regular operating hours. Hours of operation are:
- Tuesday-Thursday 10 am-7 pm
- Friday & Saturday 10am-5:30pm
- Sunday 1pm-5pm
For information on Flex Alerts and to find more electricity conservation tips, visit FlexAlert.org.