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Flex alert issued for Tuesday as heat wave continues

August 13, 2012 | 10:53 am

More photos: Hot weather continues

With the state's heat wave expected to continue through the week, the California Independent System Operator has once again issued a flex alert, a call for customers to conserve power to avoid outages.

The alert will be in effect Tuesday between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. During that time, customers are asked to keep thermostats at 78 degrees or higher, to turn off air conditioning when not at home, to turn off unnecessary lights and appliances, and to restrict the use of major appliances to the morning and late evening.

The Independent System Operator issued a similar alert last week and officials said customers had heeded the call, reducing energy consumption by nearly 1,000 megawatts.

PHOTOS: Hot weather continues

That amounts to about half the power lost due to a continuing outage at the San Onofre nuclear plant, which has been out of service for more than six months because of severe equipment problems. The plant supplies enough power for 1.4 million homes when running at full capacity.

The flex alert is not in effect for Monday, but the Independent System Operator still encouraged energy conservation.


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Photo: Over the weekend, the heat brought crowds to the Manhattan Beach Pier. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times