FOLSOM, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) is reminding Northern Californians that a Flex Alert is in effect today, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Consumers are encouraged to reduce their energy use between noon and 7 p.m., as air conditioners drive peak demand.
Actual peak demand was significantly under forecast yesterday, coming in at about 45,000 megawatts. A major factor in the reduced demand was Southern CA temperatures coming under forecast. However, Northern California peak demand was expected to break the all-time peak record and came in significantly shy of that 20,642 MW (record is 22,726 set on 7/25/06), which indicates that demand response programs and the voluntary conservation from the Flex Alert were very helpful in reducing the strain on the grid.
The ISO thanks its media partners and Northern Californians for their tremendous efforts and urges them to do the same during today’s Flex Alert. Go to www.flexalert.org or www.caiso.com for conservation tips.
Today: Northern California-only Flex Alert Day!
Tuesday, July 2, 2013: noon to 7 p.m.
Forecast peak demand: 47,000+ MW around 4:30 p.m.
24-hours ahead: POTENTIAL
Northern California-only Flex Alert Day
Wednesday, July 3, 2013: noon to 7 p.m.
Forecast peak demand: 46,000+ MW around 4:30 p.m.
Please monitor the California ISO website at www.caiso.com for updated information. Track grid conditions in real time via smart phones by going to your app store for a free download of ISO Today.
This advisory is based on the best data available at the time of its release. Grid conditions can change rapidly and are subject to change without warning. This forecast is accepted by the recipient on the condition that errors, omissions and/or changes to the contents shall not be made the basis for any claim, demand or cause of action against the California ISO.
Funded by the investor-owned utilities and authorized by the CA Public Utilities Commission, Flex Alerts are part of an educational and emergency alert program that informs consumers about how and when to conserve electricity.
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STAGE 1 EMERGENCY
Operating reserves forecast to fall to between 7% - 6%
STAGE 2 EMERGENCY
Operating reserves forecast to fall below 5%
STAGE 3 EMERGENCY
Operating reserves forecast to fall below 3%
Declared when local voltage levels are at risk due to sudden power line outages or when fires threaten the grid.
All-time peak (7/24/06): 50,270 MW
- Turn off unneeded lights
- Use appliances in the late evening
- Adjust A/C to 78 degrees or higher; turn off if away
- Pull drapes and turn on fans
- Set pool pumps for overnight
- Saving water saves energy. Avoid using water between 4-6 p.m. on Flex Alert days