California ISO's Flex Alert Continues into Second Day


With a heat wave gripping the region, a Flex Alert urging residents to voluntarily conserve electricity to ease demand on the statewide power system was in effect Tuesday, and will be repeated Wednesday afternoon.

Consumers are urged to conserve electricity especially during the late afternoon when air conditioners typically are at peak use.

Using major appliances before 2:00 p.m. or after 9:00 p.m.

Oficials also issued an excessive heat warning for the L.A. County portion of the San Gabriel Mountains until 9 p.m. Wednesday and in the Antelope Valley until 9 p.m. Thursday.

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Officials said during times of high temperatures, demand on the power grid can be strained, as air conditioner use increases. Peak temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to cause energy usage to exceed 47,000 megawatts each day, officials said.

"Temperatures inside vehicles, even if the windows are partially open, can quickly rise to life-threatening levels".

Temperatures soared up to 110 degrees in California's interior, the most intense heat wave to hit the state since the summer of 2013. "It's the same as driving your auto - if you run your vehicle 24 hours a day at full speed, at high temperatures, eventually something will break down", said Robert Villegas, a spokesman for Southern California Edison.