FOLSOM, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A shortage of natural gas triggered by extreme cold weather in much of the United States and Canada is impacting fuel supplies to Southern CA power plants and reducing electricity generation. The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) is issuing a statewide Flex Alert for today, February 6, 2014.
While the natural gas shortage is only impacting Southern California power plants, statewide electricity and gas conservation will help free up both electricity and gas supplies for Southern Californians. Customers in both Southern and Northern California are asked to reduce their energy use between 1:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Today Thursday, February 6, is a Flex Alert Day!
Please monitor the California ISO website at www.caiso.com for updated information about the electricity supply. Track grid conditions in real time via Today’s Outlook, which is also available on smart phones. Go to your app store for a free download.
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
- Put off using large appliances
- Turn down or turn off heater
- Set pool pumps for overnight
- Saving water saves energy