June 12, 2008
LADWP DEDICATES NEW POWER DISTRIBUTING STATION #87
LOS ANGELES (June 12, 2008) — The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) held a brief dedication ceremony for the Department’s newest power facility, Distributing Station 87, this afternoon. On-site at the Koreatown facility, Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom La Bonge joined LADWP Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Cecilia Weldon to flip the symbolic “switch.”
Of the new facility, Ms. Weldon said, “LADWP is committed to delivering a reliable supply of power, even during the hot summer months. Distributing Station 87 is a visible symbol of this commitment. This new station will help ease loading in this area and on our overall system.”
Said Councilmember LaBonge, “This is something I’ve been working on since I got elected seven years ago. This will improve the DWP infrastructure and provide more reliable electrical service for everyone in the area.”
Distributing Station 87 (DS-87) is the newest addition to LADWP’s group of power distributing stations and is the first to bear the number 87. Construction started in November 2002 and the station was brought online in June 2006. Electric load is gradually being added to DS-87: of 28 circuits, 6 are currently in use. DS-87 will relieve overloads at distributing stations currently serving the Mid-Wilshire area, including Koreatown and parts of Hancock Park, and is a visible symbol of LADWP’s commitment to maintaining a high level of power reliability.
Despite our overall power reliability, in these times of increased demand, it is always wise to conserve. LADWP urges residents and businesses to cut back their power use to help reduce overloads to our system, as well as to reduce our consumers’ monthly bills. Easy ways to save energy and money include:
- Limit the use of appliances in the daytime- use washing machines, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners and other heavy appliances during evening hours, when the weather is cooler and demand is lower.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs, which last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs, each of which can save more than $50 over its lifetime in reduced energy costs.
- Turn off lights when not in use.
- Adjust thermostats to 78 degrees or higher to reduce energy usage.
- Avoid cooking during peak hours of the day, as cooking adds to heat inside the home.
- Ventilate at night by opening windows and doors to clear out the heat and allow cooler air to circulate.
- Plant cooling shade trees.
- Replace older appliances with energy-saving models including refrigerators, air conditions, pool pumps, clothes washers and dryers.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipal utility, provides reliable, low-cost water and power services to Los Angeles residents and businesses in an environmentally responsible manner. LADWP services about 1.4 million electric customers and 680,000 water customers in Los Angeles.
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