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California Independent System Operator declares “Stage 2” power emergency

The California Independent System Operator has declared a "Stage 2" power emergency because of hot weather and surging demand for electricity.

The agency is urging Californians to conserve electricity to avoid rolling blackouts across the state.  

If a large enough number of consumers conserve even in small ways, they can help grid operators avoid more serious system emergencies.

The agency recommends the following:

- Set air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees, if health permits.
- Defer use of major appliances.
- Turn off unnecessary lights.
- Unplug unused electrical devices.
- Close blinds and drapes.
- Use fans when possible.
- Limit time the refrigerator door is open.

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