2013-06-27 / Front Page

PG&E urges conservation

Jill Ballinger

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is urging customers to conserve electricity in response to a Flex Alert called for today and tomorrow, July 1-2, by the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO), which manages the state’s power grid.

A Flex Alert is an urgent call to immediately conserve electricity and shift demand to off-peak hours to ease strain on the grid. The ISO issued the alert in response to forecasts of continued high temperatures this week, which will increase expected demand for electricity for air conditioning to near-record levels.

 PG&E’s emergency centers are activated and additional personnel have been brought in to quickly respond to heat related outages when they occur. The utility takes preventative measures to improve reliability by upgrading transformers and wires to increase system capacity and installing intelligent switches to help minimize the duration of outages. 

PG&E reminds customers to be aware of electrical hazards. Always assume downed electric lines are energized and extremely dangerous. Stay away, keep others away and immediately call 911 to alert the police and fire departments.

PG&E encourages customers to begin reducing their energy use today, particularly between noon and 7 p.m., when demand is highest. Customers should follow these simple conservation tips:

· Adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher or turn it off if you will be away from home. Use a fan instead of air conditioning, when possible.

·Draw drapes and turn off unnecessary lighting.

·Keep your refrigerator full, so it will run more efficiently (with bottles of water if nothing else) and unplug the second refrigerator.

·Avoid using electrical appliances and devices. Put off tasks like vacuuming, laundry, dish washing and computer time until after 7 p.m.

·If you have a pool, set your pump to run overnight instead of during the day.

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Thanks PG & E, rates double

Thanks PG & E, rates double in the summer for you to tell us to turn off our AC and use a fan during the hottest part of the day when we are at near record level highs... WILL YOU BE PAYING FOR OUR HOSPITAL BILLS WHEN WE GET HEAT EXHAUSTION!!!

why are we told to use air

why are we told to use air conditioning and now pg&e are saying to turn it off????

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