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California residents asked to conserve energy to help those affected by the winter storms

Possible public safety power shutoffs

FOLSOM, Calif. (KION) -- The California Independent System Operator (ISO) is asking residents to conserve energy on February 15-16, 2021 to help those affected by the winter storms across the United States.

Around three million customers in the Midwest and Southeast are without power and heat due to the extreme weather conditions.

According to Pacific Gas and Electric Company, if customers in California reduce their energy consumption, it can help reduce strain on the grid elsewhere.

PG&E provided some ways you can conserve energy:

  • Turn your thermostat 68 degrees or lower, if your health permits
  • Unplug small appliances like printers or coffee makers
  • Wait until you have a full load before running the dishwasher or washing machine

For more tips on how you can conserve energy, click here.

California News / Central Coast / Top Stories / Weather

Dominoe Ibarra

Dominoe Ibarra is a producer and editor at KION News Channel 5/46.



  1. So what we do here on the west coast can magically restore power to those on the east coast that are without power? I am not completely sure I understand the technical logic but hey…I am down with saving a buck or two while helping out.

  2. @Frankie
    I am sure you already knew this. Apparently the grids are so connected, contiguous states can re-route power. Do not know if it can go as far as East Coast, but imagine Texas is not a big issue.

    1. Sure, they must be interconnected. Might not be direct line but but the cost effective transmission distances would support it. At the time I wasn’t thinking about Texas…now I am. I guess all they are asking us is just to be sensible with usage when so many people are in trouble and every little bit helps.

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