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The California Independent System Operator, which manages the state’s power grid, issued a statewide Flex Alert that will be in effect from 1 to 10 p.m. Friday, calling for voluntary electricity conservation.

“Consumers are urged to conserve electricity especially during the late afternoon when air conditioners typically are at peak use,” according to Cal-ISO. “Consumers can help avoid power interruptions by turning off all unnecessary lights, using major appliances before 1 p.m. and after 10 p.m. and setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher.”

Cal-ISO noted that power demand could reach record levels on Friday thanks to the continuing heat wave. Power supplies are expected to be tight nationwide, as will natural gas supplies in Southern California, due to operating limitations on the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility near Porter Ranch, according to Cal-ISO.

“Southern California Gas Co. and the ISO are following the processes established to manage gas supply in the LA Basin during the limitations placed on the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility,” according to Cal-ISO. “The generation fleet has performed well so far during this prolonged heat wave without any major outages.”