Last summer, an extended heat wave in California caused unprecedented high energy demand that threatened electricity outages across the state. During this period, several Flex Alerts were issued, and the corresponding actions taken by communities, residents, and businesses to reduce electricity use made the difference in keeping California powered.
Flex Alerts are voluntary calls for action from CAISO (California Independent System Operator) for consumers to conserve electricity when extremely hot weather drives up electricity use. This is most likely to happen in the evening hours when solar generation is going offline, and consumers are returning home and switching on air conditioners, lights, and appliances.
In addition to sharing alerts and energy saving tips, CPA also has programs for residential and commercial customers that not only support the collective effort to lessen energy use during critical periods but can save customers money on their bills as well.
CPA’s Power Response Program is a demand response program that provides financial incentives to encourage customers to reduce energy when periods of high use are expected to put strain on the grid. The program features pathways for residents, businesses and public sector entities to participate. Customers can find the program that’s right for them here.
To save energy and protect the grid during periods of extraordinary heat, the following practices help:
To sign up to receive Flex Alerts and for additional energy conservation tips, visit FlexAlert.org.
Clean Power Alliance (CPA) was founded in 2017 to provide clean, reliable, cost competitive electricity to Southern California communities, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, stimulate local renewable energy development and job creation, and offer programs that improve the lives of the residents in the communities we serve. CPA is now the fourth largest electricity provider in California and has the most customers receiving 100% renewable energy in the nation, while serving approximately three million people via one million customer accounts. To learn more, view CPA’s 2022 Impact Report here. For complete information regarding CPA visit www.cleanpoweralliance.org.