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Californians urged to conserve energy for 9 straight days amid heat wave

Californians are at a high risk of losing power as the state’s grid operator calls for a ninth day in a row to conserve energy on Thursday with demand to continue to strain the grid. Unsurprisingly, the Flex Alert was issued for Thursday, as sweltering temperatures are expected across the state once again. This alert will last from 3 pm to 10 pmLeer en españolThe state was at risk of rolling power outages after Cal ISO declared an “Energy Emergency Alert 2” for Wednesday. It’s a couple of steps above a Flex Alert, and residents are strongly urged to cut back on energy use amid hot temperatures. The next step is an “Energy Emergency Alert 3,” which means energy demand is outpacing supply. When it reaches that point, the grid operator could order rotating outages at any time. The previous eight Flex Alerts have been issued to avoid power disruptions due to the increased strain on the power grid as more people are using electricity to keep cool amid record-breaking heat. | Video Below | CA ISO gives update on power grid after Tuesday’s record-breaking heatHere are things you can do to conserve energy during a flex alertSet the thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, if health permitsAvoid using major appliancesTurn off unnecessary lightsUse fans for coolingUnplug unused itemsLast week, Gov . Gavin Newsom signed an executive order intended to temporarily increase the state’s energy supply. So far this week, there have not been any planned outages reported in relation to excessive use of energy. However, thousands of people went without power on Tuesday when temperatures hit record-breaking numbers. In 2020, multiple factors including high temperatures and an Oregon wildfire, led to several days of rolling blackouts for millions of Californians.| Video Below | ‘Significantly stressed’: Cal ISO says demand for power is as high as summer of 2017, expects it to increaseHow long will the heat last? The heat is expected to continue through Friday. KCRA 3’s weather team is calling Thursday and Friday heat impact days with highs forecast in the 108-111 range in the Valley. That means people should plan around the heat in the afternoons, especially students with after-school activities.(Click through below for the 7-day forecast, more.)How to check PG&E rotating outages across CaliforniaIn the event of rotating outages, the utility released a search map that allows customers to search and see if their home would be impacted. Click here to search by address. How to search SMUD’s map of rotating outages The Sacramento Municipal Utility District is also preparing for possible outages. Click here to search by address. Monitor power outages statewide You can also track outages across California with this map below that uses data from the California Office of Emergency Services. App users, click here.California’s grid operator says miscommunication led to some power shutoffsMiscommunication led utilities to mistakenly cut power to customers in several California cities during unprecedented demand on energy supplies, operators of the state’s electricity grid acknowledged Wednesday while warning the continuing extreme heat could prompt much larger rolling outages. Confusion occurred Tuesday afternoon between several Northern California utilities and the California Independent System Operator as the grid was perilously close to running out of energy amid record-breaking temperatures, said Elliot Mainzer, president and CEO of Cal-ISO. “That is certainly concerning to me,” Mainzer said, adding that he was looking into what happened and how many customers were affected. “There was a lot happening on the grid for everybody last night. And so we’ll double down on the communication to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”With record demand on power supplies across the West, California snapped its record energy use around 5 pm with 52,061 megawatts, far above the previous high of 50,270 megawatts set July 24, 2006.Here’s how to find NorCal cooling centersCooling centers across Northern California are open to allow some residents to get a break from the forecasted week of triple-digit heat.| Read More | Here are the cooling centers opening Thursday amid forecast triple digits in NorCalFollow our KCRA weather team on social mediaChief Meteorologist Mark Finan on Facebook and TwitterMeteorologist Tamara Berg on Facebook and TwitterMeteorologist Melanie Hunter on Facebook and TwitterMeteorologist Eileen Javora on FacebookMeteorologist Dirk Verdoorn on FacebookMeteorologist Heather Waldman on facebook| MORE LIKE THIS | California heat wave: What to know about heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstrokeWatch our forecasts on TV or onlineHere’s where to find our latest video forecast. You can also watch a livestream of our latest newscast here. The banner on our website turns red when we’re live.We’re also streaming on the Very Local app for Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV.Here is where you can download our app for the latest weather alerts.| VIDEO BELOW | What to know about Labor Day Weekend heat records

Californians are at a high risk of losing power as the state’s grid operator calls for a ninth day in a row to conserve energy on Thursday with demand to continue to strain the grid.

Unsurprisingly, the Flex Alert was issued for Thursday, as sweltering temperatures are expected across the state once again. This alert will last from 3 pm to 10 pm

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The state was at risk of rolling power outages after Cal ISO declared an “Energy Emergency Alert 2” for Wednesday. It’s a couple of steps above a Flex Alert, and residents are strongly urged to cut back on energy use amid hot temperatures. The next step is an “Energy Emergency Alert 3,” which means energy demand is outpacing supply. When it reaches that point, the grid operator could order rotating outages at any time.

The previous eight Flex Alerts have been issued to avoid power disruptions due to the increased strain on the power grid as more people are using electricity to keep cool amid record-breaking heat.

| Video Below | CA ISO gives update on power grid after Tuesday’s record-breaking heat

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Here are things you can do to conserve energy during a flex alert

  • Set the thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, if health permits
  • Avoid using major appliances
  • Turn off unnecessary lights
  • Use fans for cooling
  • Unplug unused items

Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order intended to temporarily increase the state’s energy supply.

So far this week, there have not been any planned outages reported in relation to excessive use of energy. However, thousands of people went without power on Tuesday when temperatures hit record-breaking numbers. In 2020, multiple factors including high temperatures and an Oregon wildfire, led to several days of rolling blackouts for millions of Californians.

| Video Below | ‘Significantly stressed’: Cal ISO says demand for power is as high as summer of 2017, expects it to increase

How long will the heat last?

The heat is expected to continue through Friday.

KCRA 3’s weather team is calling Thursday and Friday heat impact days with highs forecast in the 108-111 range in the Valley. That means people should plan around the heat in the afternoons, especially students with after-school activities.

(Click through below for the 7-day forecast, more.)

How to check PG&E rotating outages across California

In the event of rotating outages, the utility released a search map that allows customers to search and see if their home would be impacted. Click here to search by address.

How to search SMUD’s map of rotating outages

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District is also preparing for possible outages. Click here to search by address.

Monitor power outages statewide

You can also track outages across California with this map below that uses data from the California Office of Emergency Services. App users, click here.

California’s grid operator says miscommunication led to some power shutoffs

Miscommunication led utilities to mistakenly cut power to customers in several California cities during unprecedented demand on energy supplies, operators of the state’s electricity grid acknowledged Wednesday while warning the continuing extreme heat could prompt much larger rolling outages.

Confusion occurred Tuesday afternoon between several Northern California utilities and the California Independent System Operator as the grid was perilously close to running out of energy amid record-breaking temperatures, said Elliot Mainzer, president and CEO of Cal-ISO.

“That is certainly concerning to me,” Mainzer said, adding that he was looking into what happened and how many customers were affected. “There was a lot happening on the grid for everybody last night. And so we’ll double down on the communication to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

With record demand on power supplies across the West, California snapped its record energy use around 5 pm with 52,061 megawatts, far above the previous high of 50,270 megawatts set July 24, 2006.

Here’s how to find NorCal cooling centers

Cooling centers across Northern California are open to allow some residents to get a break from the forecasted week of triple-digit heat.

| Read More | Here are the cooling centers opening Thursday amid forecast triple digits in NorCal

Follow our KCRA weather team on social media

| MORE LIKE THIS | California heat wave: What to know about heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke

Watch our forecasts on TV or online

Here’s where to find our latest video forecast. You can also watch a livestream of our latest newscast here. The banner on our website turns red when we’re live.

We’re also streaming on the Very Local app for Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV.

Here is where you can download our app for the latest weather alerts.

| VIDEO BELOW | What to know about Labor Day Weekend heat records

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