Southern California Edison Asks Residents to Conserve Energy

The heat wave has increased demand for electricity as residents embrace air conditioning.

(Patch Archive)
(Patch Archive)
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 Wednesday, 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; and
   -- operating swimming-pool equipment and energy-intensive appliances
such as dishwashers, washing machines and dryers in the mornings and evenings.

—City News Service

Steve Gibson May 15, 2014 at 11:20 AM
SCE forgot one more suggestion: solar systems. With my 18 panels, I give back...
Vito Spago May 16, 2014 at 12:21 AM
Actually Edison does not like folks like you because you do not pay for the electrical infrastructure such as electric power poles, transformers, wires, employees, etc. If you really paid for that infrastructure, you would still be paying Edison even with Solar. That is why solar is such a joke. It only pays for the 'energy generation' part, not everything else that is needed to make an electrical grid work. Eventually you will be asked to pay. Just wait. BTW, it is smarter to use as much electricity as possible. if you do not use enough, Edison will raise your rates because they will not be making sufficient money to cover their costs. So let the A/C roar. I do.


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