LADWP Encourages Customers to Conserve Energy as Temps Soar
Utility offers energy saving tips to stay cool while protecting the grid
|LOS ANGELES — As temperatures in Los Angeles rise to triple digits today through Wednesday, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) encourages its customers to save energy where possible between now and 8 p.m. and to give appliances the afternoon off. Power demand rises as more customers operate air conditioners, and the heat requires other large appliances to work harder. By conserving, customers can help reduce the strain on the power grid and minimize the risk of power outages. Currently, less than 1,000 customers out of 1.4 million are without power citywide. However, with significant strain on the local neighborhood grids, additional localized outages are to be expected.
Electricity demand by customers in Los Angeles is expected to peak at or above the all-time record today. As of 2 p.m. today, Los Angeles was using approximately 6,052 megawatts (MW) of energy— only 125 MW below LADWP’s highest energy demand of 6,177MW just nearly four years ago. The peak energy demand is expected to occur at approximately 4 p.m., so a new all-time record today is likely.
To help conserve energy, LADWP recommends the following:
In the event of a power outage, customers are urged to report the outage immediately by calling 1-800- DIAL-DWP (1-800-342-5397) so that a crew can be dispatched to make repairs. When calling 1-800-DIAL-DWP, customers should choose “Report Power Outage” in the automated phone system in order to be connected right away to a live operator.