LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The week-long Southern California heat wave has triggered another Flex Alert, asking consumers to conserve electricity between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Cal ISO called for the Flex Alert Monday morning after a weekend of scorching temperatures throughout Southern California

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports it’s the second Flex Alert in just one week.

According to Cal ISO, nearly 1,000 megawatts of energy reduction – equal to the output of two large power plants – helped maintain grid reliability.

Power conservation is encouraged for Monday, but Cal ISO says conservation on Tuesday is critical. The state agency forecasts peak demand to be a 47,500 megawatts Tuesday.

The National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings for areas from Santa Barbara County through southeastern California.

To conserve power, setting the thermostat at 78 or higher is recommended. Cal ISO also recommends keeping homes dark, drawing drapes and blinds and cooling down with fans; turning off unnecessary lights and appliances and using major appliances in the morning or late evening.


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