The power is still on, but for how much longer?
Californians are asking this question as the California Independent System Operator Corporation (California ISO), the hands behind the power grids throughout the state, announced Tuesday that if power levels do not drop over the next few days, then a Stage Three power emergency could ensue. California ISO has already announced that the state is in a Stage Two emergency. If, however, a Stage Three hits, then “rolling blackouts” will become a possibility. In a press release by California ISO, large commercial customers that contracted with the utilities to curtail power during high demand days have been asked to reduce their output.
Stan Chavez, a manager at Inline Warehouse, feels concern about the power crunch. Inline Warehouse makes a majority of their sales through online services. In the case of a power outage, the store would be crippled from receiving and shipping orders.
“I am bit worried yes, but I believe it will cool down before it gets to that point,” Chavez said. “It would affect our business tremendously as we would basically be shut down. We’d be closed just as most would if that should happen. It would affect our business, our employees, everything.”
California ISO hopes Californians will continue conservation of power during peak hour usage, which is from 2 to 6 p.m. They have listed a few pointers on how to help alleviate the crisis.
Powerful habits at home:
ú When home set your thermostat at 82 degrees or higher as long as health conditions permit, and turn if off when you’re away.
ú Avoid using unnecessary lighting and appliances.
ú Turn off your pool pump and avoid outdoor watering during peak periods.
ú Postpone using major appliances until 7 p.m.
Powerful habits at work:
ú Turn off computer monitor when you are away from your desk
ú Turn off half the overhead lighting.