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Posted on July 19, 2021 at 8:11 pm by Clay Curtin
A Flex Alert is typically issued in the summer when extremely hot weather pushes up energy demand and the state electric grid reaches its capacity. It is a call to consumers to voluntarily cut back on electricity and shift electricity use to off-peak hours. This usually happens in the late in the day when solar energy supplies starts to decrease and people arrive home and switch on air conditioners, lights and appliances.
When a Flex Alert is called, residents are advised reduce their electricity use on the dates and times noted in the alert. Conservation is a vital tool in preventing local rotating power outages during heat waves. As we’ve already seen this summer, there have been heat waves and flex alerts so it’s important to sign up for Flex Alerts and be prepared.
In the morning before a Flex Alert:
During a Flex Alert, when conservation is needed:
For more tips and ways you can conserve energy, visit the Flex Alert webpage.