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Stay Safe and Conserve Energy: 3-10pm Window is Critical

LAKE COUNTY, CA (August 17, 2020) – On Saturday, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) issued a “Flex Alert,” asking residents to conserve energy each day from 3-10pm, through Wednesday of this week, to reduce the likelihood of rotating electrical outages:

Governor Newsom and the California Office of Emergency Services emphasized this is, “An historic [West Coast] heat wave,” and “Energy shortages” are likely:

Lake County residents and businesses must do our part.  Here are 7 steps you should take from 3-10pm, “the most critical time of the day… when temperatures remain high and solar production is falling due to the sun setting,” per CAISO:
• Set your thermostat to 78° or higher, if health permits
• Refrain from major appliance use; turn off unnecessary lights and appliances
• Unplug unused electrical devices
• Close blinds and drapes
• Use fans when possible
• Limit time the refrigerator door is open

Before 3pm, you can take steps to prepare your home or business for the Flex Alert period:
• “Pre-cool” homes, or lower air conditioning thermostats to 72 degrees
• Charge mobile devices and laptops
• Charge electric vehicles
• Run dishwashers, washing machines and other major appliances
• Set pool pumps to run in the early morning or late at night

Additional measures for individuals and businesses are listed here (bottom of the page):

CAISO publishes regular forecasts of energy demand and capacity here:

This weekend’s Red Flag Warning was also a reminder to Prepare Now for wildfire
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Thank you for doing your part to keep the power on, and your families and communities safe!

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Urgent Health Advisory

Effective immediately, people on private water systems whose tap water comes from their own private intake into the lake, in the Oaks Arm and Lower Arm of Clear Lake should not drink the water.

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