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California heat wave spurs warning to conserve energy to avoid rolling blackouts
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Another round of broiling heat across much of California on Thursday has spurred the state's power grid operator to ask residents to conserve electricity to avoid rolling blackouts.
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The California Independent System Operator (ISO), which manages most of the state's electric flow, said Wednesday that it issued a Flex Alert and called for energy conservation.
"Reduced capacity, along with fire activity and heat, has led to a potential shortage of energy supply tomorrow evening," the ISO said
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Consumers are asked to conserve energy from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday when the grid is most stressed due to higher demand and solar energy production dropping off.
Residents are asked to turn off unnecessary lights, delay using major appliances until after 10 p.m., and set air conditioner thermostats to 78 degrees or higher.
"The conservation measures can help the power grid during a time of tight demand and supply, and avoid power interruptions," the ISO said. "Energy reduction during a Flex Alert can prevent further emergency measures, including rotating power outages."