Help Reduce Power Outages
All Californians should remember that climate change and weather conditions during the summer months create higher risks for power outages. Climate change, wildfires, heat waves, dry vegetation, drought, and high winds contribute to higher electrical demand and lower supply conditions that can lead to power outages.
FAQs: How You Can Help
What can I do to help reduce the chance of power outages?
- Conserve energy between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. when electricity demand is highest.
- Set air conditioning thermostat to 78 degrees, if health permits.
- Use major appliances (e.g. oven, dishwasher, clothes dryer) before or after the critical energy demand times.
- Turn off unnecessary lights in your home.
- Unplug unused electrical devices and power strips.
- Close blinds and drapes to keep the heat from the sun out.
- Use fans when possible.
- Limit the amount of time the refrigerator door is open.
- Before 4 p.m. or after 9 p.m.
- Pre‐cool your home by setting the thermostat to a lower temperature.
- Charge electric vehicles.
- Charge mobile devices and laptops.
- Run dishwashers, clothes washers, dryers, and other appliances.
- Close window coverings to keep cool air in and the sun out.
- Check out AMP's rebates for purchases of energy-saving appliances.
What is a Flex Alert?
Flex Alert is a system developed by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) to warn consumers that a power outage may be coming and a call to reduce electricity use. Flex Alerts are usually issued the day before CAISO anticipates using nearly all available resources throughout the state.
What are Energy Emergency Alerts?
CAISO Energy Emergency Alerts are used when real-time analysis of the power grid shows that all available energy resources are being used. There are three levels of Energy Emergency Alerts.
- Energy Emergency Alert 1 – A call to conserve energy due to supply/demand concerns.
- Energy Emergency Alert2 – A call to conserve energy and prepare for limited duration power outages (1 hour)
- Energy Emergency Alert3 – An order for utilities to begin rolling outages in 1-hour increments.
Why does Alameda have to participate in Flex Alerts and Rolling Outages?
While Alameda has sufficient supplies of power to meet all of its customer's needs, statewide power supplies are expected to be tight again this summer. When CAISO calls for statewide reduction of energy use and outages, everyone in the state must participate.
How can I make sure I’m prepared for a power outage?
- Sign up for text or email updates from AMP here.
- Follow AMP on Facebook and Twitter.
- Identify backup charging methods for phones and other electronic devices.
- Keep emergency, family, and other important phone numbers accessible in hard copy.
- Plan for any medical needs like medications that need to be refrigerated or devices that require power. If you are dependent on electric or battery‐dependent medical technologies such as breathing machines, a power wheelchair or scooter, and home oxygen or dialysis, it is critical that you have a plan in place for an extended power outage.
- Plan for the needs of pets.
- Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies, cash, and food that will last up to five days.
- Know how to manually open your garage door.