The California ISO on Friday released statistics for 2021 on renewable energy, resources, historical data and reduction totals. The report also noted an increase in the number of flexible alerts, from five last year to a total of eight this year.
“We ask our customers to prepare for the heat as well, especially if they are in historically affected areas,” said PG&E communications representative Mark Mesesan.
Mesesan says one way to prepare is to pre-cool your home or work space. Lowering the thermostat in the morning and then raising it as the temperature rises throughout the day can save energy. You can then circulate the pre-cooled air with a fan.
“PG&E is now preparing for the heat. This includes using outage prediction models that help us determine the potential timing, location and number of outages,” Mesesan said.
Solar power is also at an all time high.
Resident Shaikara Daan says she is not surprised by the increase in the use of solar energy. She says solar panels are becoming more and more common.
“You have houses that look like they need updating that have solar panels. So it has to be efficient because, like I said, you have houses that need updating. renovated and have solar panels,” Daan said.
Daan uses solar panels to power electronics, but still has reservations about using solar energy to power his home.
“It’s just like, okay, is it going to be useful if we have a real crisis to the extent that if it needs maintenance work?” says Dan.