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What is a Flex Alert in California?

A Flex Alert is a call to residents to voluntarily conserve energy when demand for power could outstrip supply — which generally occurs during heat waves — to avoid power disruptions and rolling blackouts, according to the California Independent System Operator, which runs most of the state's electric grid. KTLAFlex Alert to return across California Saturday: Here’s what you need to know

What is a Flex Alert?

Flex Alerts are a call to consumers to voluntarily conserve energy when demand for power could outstrip supply, which generally occurs during heat waves when electrical demand is high. KTLABrutal heat wave descending on SoCal prompts excessive heat warning, Flex Alert

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The state's power grid operator has issued a Flex Alert for Monday, concerned about meeting energy demand amid high temperatures and transmission lines impacted by a massive wildfire in Oregon.

The California Independent System Operator, or Cal ISO, said the Bootleg Fire tripped off transmission lines on Friday and Saturday, limiting electricity from the Pacific Northwest to California. With the lines tripped, the state's energy supply was reduced by around 3,500 megawatts.

People are asked to conserve energy from 4-9 p.m. "to help stabilize the state's electric grid and deal with uncertainty created by the extraordinary conditions," Cal ISO said in a release.

Flex Alerts were issued earlier this weekend because of expected energy demand at a time when much of the state saw triple-digit temperatures.

Here are things you can do to conserve energy during a Flex Alert

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How to save energy during the heat wave

KRON 4 12 July, 2021 - 08:34am

California issues Flex Alert for Monday amid heat wave

KRON4 12 July, 2021 - 08:34am

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – A statewide Flex Alert will be in effect Monday, June 12, California ISO – the manager of California’s power grid – announced Sunday.

With transmission lines from Oregon still unreliable due to #BootlegFire & continued high temperatures, the California ISO issued a statewide #FlexAlert for Monday, July 12, from 4-9 p.m. Consumers are urged to #conserveenergy to help stabilize the grid. https://t.co/PQHFuzyHyx pic.twitter.com/PZtz8SE4Xn

The Flex Alert encourages consumers to:

Toasty temperatures prompted the Bay Area National Weather Service to issue an excessive heat warning and heat advisory for most of the Bay except the immediate East Bay Shoreline, the Coast and San Francisco.

Both weather alerts are in effect until Sunday at 11 p.m.

Today, some areas will pop 100+, and the Bay will see 70’s take over for good coverage.

For the work week, a new weather pattern will drive cooling systems from the Northwest.

Temps will slide all week and settle by Friday. There doesn’t appear another pop by the weekend, but a few 90’s well Inland will remain by next weekend.

The National Weather Service urges people to stay safe by keeping cool and hydrated.

Another hot day away from the coast and at higher elevations. A cooling trend begins Monday through mid-week. Take it easy if you'll be spending time outdoors and stay well hydrated! #CAwx pic.twitter.com/XbFdsME36U

Bay Area counties have opened up cooling centers where residents can get relief from the heat in air conditioned spaces.

Click here for cooling centers in Santa Clara County.

Contra Costa County is offering some libraries, county buildings and community centers as shelters from the heat. Click here for specific addresses and opening hours.

People who are staying home can keep their curtains drawn to keep the hot sunlight from raising indoor temperatures and utilize fans and cold water.

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