LOS ANGELES (July 7, 2018)–Friday’s record-setting heat led to unprecedented peak electricity demand in the City of Los Angeles causing localized power outages that are affecting approximately 34,500 LADWP customers out of 1.5 million as of 8 AM today. This represents about two and a half percent of total customers. LADWP continues to urge customers to reduce their electricity use where possible during peak hours between 2:00 – 9 p.m. today, as the current heat storm continues. Other area electric utilities have also experienced significant heat related outages. Since the heat storm began Friday, LADWP crews have restored power to 14,500 residential and business customers.
The peak energy demand level on Friday, July 6 reached 6256 Megawatts (MW), setting a new record for a July day, beating the previous record of 6165 MW on July 24, 2006. It marked the 5th highest peak demand ever recorded in the City of Los Angeles. LADWP’s Power System has adequate resources to meet the energy demand. The latest load forecast for today is estimated to in the 5500 MW range.
LADWP crews worked throughout the night to restore power and will work around the clock until every affected customer has service restored. All available crews have been deployed this morning and they are working 16-hour shifts in extreme heat conditions to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. At this time, due to the high number of localized outages, the estimated time for restoration is 12 – 24 hours, with some outages potentially taking longer to restore. Customers should plan for 12 to 24 hours without power and possibly even longer due to the high number of small localized outages
In the Metro Los Angeles area, the most-most affected communities are Westlake with 5,800 customers without power; Koreatown with 4,400 customers without power; and Beverly Grove with approximately 2,000 customers without power.
In the valley area, some 3,100 customers are without power in Encino as a result of heat-related outages while 1,600 customers in Tarzana are affected.
LADWP is leveraging all available resources to ensure safe, prompt restoration of power and to increase the level of communication with customers.
Below is a breakdown of the outages as of 8:00 A.M.
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During periods of excessively hot temperatures for extended periods of time, electrical equipment can become overheated as customers typically operate air conditioners around the clock, increasing the strain on neighborhood power distribution equipment.We appreciate our customers’ patience as our crews get power restored to those affected and we continue to urge customers to reduce their electricity use in the afternoon and evening hours by setting air conditioner thermostats to 78 degrees and not using appliances like clothes washers and dryers until after 9pm.
Click here for more information on this record heat storm and how to conserve.
To report a power outage, customers should call 1-800-DIAL-DWP. To check the status of an outage, visit our outage maps at http://www.ladwp.com .