Stephanie McCorkle with the ISO says a statewide conservation effort is necessary even though the natural gas shortage is only affecting supply to Southern California.
“We’re asking northern as well as Southern California customers to reduce their use of electricity as well as natural gas until after 10 o’clock tonight,” McCorkle said.
McCorkle says this Flex Alert is unusual because demands on the grid aren’t as normally as high in the winter.
The gas shortage is a “stage one” electrical emergency, which means reserves may have to be used. In a stage three emergency power outages may occur.
The 19th annual Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival this weekend is expected to bring thousands of visitors to see the stately birds.
The Pacific Storm system brought some slight improvement to drought conditions in California and Nevada last week.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing more than $30 million to California and Nevada native tribes for water quality and environmental restoration projects.
A program will begin soon in the Eldorado National Forest to remove live or dead vegetation to prevent the spread of wildfires.
The Sacramento Suburban Water District is asking customers to voluntarily cut outdoor watering to one day a week this fall as other water providers move to mandatory restrictions.