SCE Urges Residents to Conserve Energy During Heatwave

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

With a heat wave peaking, Southern California Edison officials urged people to conserve electricity to help avoid an outage.

Although the utility anticipates an adequate supply of electricity, the increased demand -- largely for air conditioning -- can put a strain on SCE's equipment, such as transformers, spokesman David Song said.

SCE crews were responding to outages as they were reported today, he said. The utility postponed some "scheduled maintenance outages" because of the heat wave, but will take down some circuits for "critical maintenance" designed to lessen the chance of equipment failure, Song said.

Anyone who sees downed power line should call 911 to report it, he said. Do not go near a downed power line or try to move one, he said.

The utility recommended:

  • Setting thermostats lower than 78 degrees and using fans instead of air conditioning when practical;
  • Turning off unused appliances and equipment, and turning off lights when leaving a room
  • Closing drapes and blinds to keep out direct sunlight during hot periods
  • Operating swimming-pool equipment and energy-intensive appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and dryers in the mornings and evenings

--City News Service

Mike Syi May 15, 2014 at 10:26 AM
Actually population in California is not growing. The overall demand for electricity has dropped thousands of MWs since 2008. Looks at ISO web site and it will surprise you. The reason today for the outage alert is due to the fires which affects the transmission lines. Remember California has some the highest rates for electricity in the country and we do not need to do anything that will drive the price higher. As companies leave that means all of us will pay higher and higher electricity bills. It is not that hard to turn a couple lights off and not watch so much TV for a few hours. My solar panels are powering my house fully today with excess going to the grid.
Richard Cranium May 15, 2014 at 12:04 PM
I'm going solar soon! already met with Verango, waiting on another bid (trying to determine if i want to lease or buy); Mike, do you have any advice?
Stuart Ebert May 15, 2014 at 08:55 PM
Yo, Mikey. California's population continues to grow at 2-3 % per year. And 2008 was a long time ago when climate change was not so extreme. This heat wave is breaking records and people are cranking up the A/C.
Jeffrey Adair May 15, 2014 at 09:08 PM
Anyone need an energy audit or retrofit , please check out greeneconome.com , local company helping people go green
Wolfman May 22, 2014 at 11:52 AM
Edison acts like they are doing us all a favor maybe we need more electric providers


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