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Flex Alert Today Across California

What you need to know in order to conserve, and what your North State neighbors are already doing.

Posted: Jul 25, 2018 4:19 AM
Updated: Jul 25, 2018 6:45 PM

Chico, Calif.-- With temperatures still in the triple digits across much of California today, we are all under a Flex Alert.

That means that Cal ISO has determined that there won't be enough electricity available, and they're asking everyone to cut back.

From your lights, your coffee pot, keeping your cell phone powered up, it all flows through high-voltage, long-distance power lines that make up 80 percent of California's and a small part of Nevada's grid.

And the non-profit, independent operating system grants equal access to 26,000 circuit miles of transmission lines that collect from solar, wind, water and fossil fuels to distributed electricity to consumers.

We have two centers in California and this whole system started 20 years ago.

The ISO matches buyers and sellers of electricity, and there are nearly 30 thousand transactions a day.

And right now, the demand is more than the supply.

"I'm very concerned about it, we're running into some serious changes in the way things work, we have population increases putting more demand on the grid so anything we can do to lighten the load and be more thoughtful is devoutly to be wished," said Carol Burr, Chio resident.

During this Flex Alert, Cal ISO wants us to really watch how we use electricity.

"For one thing, we have solar panels because we understand that we have more of the sun than we have of other things.... also we keep our temperature at 82-84, because when it's 110, 84 feels pretty good," said Burr.

"I encourage my friends and family to embrace whatever the habitat brings you - if you leave your windows open in your car when you drive, you're less impacted by that when you get outside, and 78 degrees at home is pretty reasonable, I feel like," said Harry Petty, Chico resident.

Don't put yourself in danger when we have triple digit temperature, but turn your thermostat up to at least 78 degrees.

The peak time of day to cut back in from 5 p.m.

So today, consider hand-washing your dishes, leave the washer off, hold off on doing laundry and if you really need to, get it done early.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 252895

Reported Deaths: 6334
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1078263457
Riverside19450479
Orange16191363
San Diego15696387
San Bernardino13676269
Imperial7039114
Alameda6556140
Fresno585177
Kern513081
Santa Clara5077160
Tulare4627136
San Joaquin447455
Sacramento400469
San Francisco377650
Contra Costa356481
San Mateo3536108
Santa Barbara326129
Ventura324047
Marin271921
Kings260032
Stanislaus253144
Monterey191515
Solano147625
Sonoma135911
Merced127211
Placer82811
San Luis Obispo7012
Yolo61325
Madera5785
Santa Cruz4553
Napa3764
San Benito2652
Sutter2433
Lassen2420
El Dorado2260
Butte2063
Shasta1484
Humboldt1444
Nevada1291
Glenn1220
Yuba1061
Tehama881
Lake870
Mendocino850
Colusa700
Del Norte581
Calaveras530
Mono451
Tuolumne430
Inyo331
Amador310
Siskiyou310
Mariposa271
Plumas110
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 99° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 72°
Oroville
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 100° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 72°
Paradise
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 72°
Chester
Clear
47° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 47°
Red Bluff
Clear
71° wxIcon
Hi: 101° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 71°
Willows
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 102° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 72°
Today was hot and tomorrow will be as well. But slightly below average temperatures move in as we see a dip in the jet stream.
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