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'Flex Alert' Issued; Operator Asks Residents to Conserve Natural Gas

The California Independent System Operator called for residents in all parts of the state to reduce power and natural gas use until 10 p.m.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The organization that manages California's power grid declared a "Flex Alert" today, asking for conservation in the wake of a natural gas shortage in Southern California.

The California Independent System Operator called for residents in all parts of the state to reduce power and natural gas use until 10 p.m.

The natural gas shortage was created by extreme cold in other parts of the country, according to Cal ISO. Natural gas is not only used for home heating and cooking, but also for power plants that generate electricity.

San Diego Gas & Electric also called for conservation via the utility's Twitter account.

Conservation tips are available online at www. flexalert.org or caiso.com.

—City News Service
Donna Fleming February 06, 2014 at 06:39 PM
Just heard from family in Michigan. "The temperature here is 16 degrees today and we have been under the freezing mark for approximately the last month. So far this winter we have had 87 inches of snow and it is only February 6th. I have snow piled up on both sides of the driveway over five feet high. The cities around here have run out of places to put the snow, so the streets just get more narrow each day. Ginny says she is so tired of shoveling and I don't blame her. I just keep running the snow blower and hope that I can keep blowing it over the walls of snow that are already piled up. The weather man said that on flat ground the snow is at least 24 inches deep and there doesn't seem to be any let up in sight." I wish we could transport that snow to the Colorado River and dump it in. We need the water. Makes sense that the eastern states need some help.
Annie G. February 07, 2014 at 02:01 PM
if you got one of those thingees put on your air conditioner unit, and if that unit is also a combo heater, for the discount from Edison--know this---it gives them the ability to shut off not just during the summer but all year round. any flex alert, say bye bye to heat this winter. agenda 21 and global warming enthus peeps want to chew this to bits????? no??? crap-- they're all at northridge.

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