FLEX ALERT | Power Usage Could Cause Rolling Blackouts

FLEX Alert Issued

Thursday morning some light rain, and a hint of thunder greeted the residents in South Pasadena as the region heats up for the fourth day in a row.  Now: a “FLEX Alert“. Rolling blackouts are a real possibility.  The ISO in charge of Los Angeles County has issued power outage warnings due to the increased demand on the power grid.

Cooling Center(s) in South Pasadena are activated, with the Senior Center on Oxley Street playing a major role in caring for elders, and those in need of assistance during a power outage in our community.

According to the ISO (Independent Systems Operator) website, this is what LA County residents are urged to do during the FLEX Alert to save power and help avoid rolling blackouts:

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During a Flex Alert, when conservation is needed, consumers should:
– Set air conditioner thermostats to 78 degrees, if health permits
– Avoid using dishwashers, washers, dryers, and ovens
– Turn off unnecessary lights
– Unplug or turn off electrical devices that you are not using
– Keep blinds and drapes closed to prevent the sun from heating up the home
– Use fans when possible

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GRAPHIC: Flexalert.org | FLEX Alert issued to Southern California

“A Flex Alert is typically issued in the summer when extremely hot weather pushes up energy demand as it reaches available capacity. This usually happens in the evening hours when solar generation is going offline and consumers are returning home and switching on air conditioners, lights, and appliances.”

More information can be found on the ISO’s website: Flexalert.org