Big Bear City, CA, August 10, 2012, 12:30pm – [UPDATE] – Due to changing weather conditions, the FlexAlert has been shortened to one day, today only until 6pm. It was originally issued for three days including the weekend.
[ORIGINAL STORY] – Big Bear City, CA, August 10, 2012, noon - A FlexAlert has been issued by the California Independent System Operator and it’s in effect through Sunday, August 12. During the FlexAlert, you should turn off unnecessary lights and appliances, only use major appliances in the morning and late evening, set the temperature on your air-conditioning at 78 degrees or higher, and turn it off when you’re not home. Consumers should postpone using major appliances such as washers and dryers, and dishwashers until after 7pm. In addition, businesses are encouraged to turn off unnecessary lights and maximize use of natural light. Turn off office equipment such as printers, computers, and fax machines when not in use. FlexAlerts are designed to encourage energy conservation during periods of extreme weather conditions when the energy grid in the state could become strained, leading to outages. The FlexAlert is in effect through Sunday, from 11am to 6pm each day.