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Late Summer Heat Wave Spurs Call to Conserve Electricity

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Aired 4/19/09

A late summer heat wave is expected to increase electricity demand in California the next two days. The agency that operates the state's power grid wants consumers to conserve energy. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

The California Independent System Operator has issued a Flex Alert for Wednesday and Thursday.

Gregg Fishman with Cal ISO says they expect demand for electricity to be the highest it's been all year because of intense heat throughout the state.

Fishman : So it's going to be hot in Northern California, it's going to be hot especially in the inland valleys of Southern California. But we're also seeing the heat wave kind of extend out towards the west a little further west then they do sometimes. So the coastal population centers are going to be feeling the heat wave as well.

He says we should cut back on electricity use during the peak hours from 4-to-6 the next two afternoons. Fishman says the agency doesn't expect to declare any power emergencies and there's enough power to meet demand this week.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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