Californians Slash Energy Use to Protect the Electric Grid

By [email protected] It looked like California’s power grid was in for a rough couple of days last week.

On July 23, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) notified electricity customers that it had issued a statewide Flex Alert, and was calling on residential customers to reduce their energy use from 5 to 9 p.m. on July 24 and July 25, “due to high temperatures across the western U.S., reduced electricity imports, tight natural gas supplies in the Southern California area, and high wildfire risk.”

It wasn’t a pretty picture. Temperatures were expected to reach the triple digits, and CAISO’s forecasted system peak appeared to

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