Record High Heat Safety Warning – LADWP Urges Customers to Conserve

With record high heat persisting and demand for electricity breaking all-time records, LADWP urges customers to redouble efforts to conserve energy.

With a record breaking heat wave persisting across Los Angeles, and a statewide Flex Alert issued for Friday, Sept 1st, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) continues to urge customers to reduce their electricity use as much as possible while staying safe. LADWP customers’ electricity use hit a new all-time peak demand on Thursday, the highest ever recorded in over 100 years, and another record peak demand is forecasted for Friday when temperatures are expected to be even hotter, especially along the coast.

LADWP customers set a new record for peak electricity demand of 6,502 megawatts (MW) at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug 31st, shattering the previous historic peak demand of 6,396 MW, set on September 16, 2014. On Wednesday, the peak load was 6,160 MW which was the second consecutive day that a new record high for 2017 had been set.

LADWP advises customers to conserve electricity during the afternoons when air conditioners typically are at peak use. By conserving electricity, customers can help prevent power outages that can occur if electrical equipment becomes overloaded. The state Flex Alert and LADWP are calling for voluntary electricity conservation from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, Sept 1st, which coincides with peak electricity use.

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For more energy-saving tips, visit www.ladwp.com/EEtips / To read the Los Angeles Hot Weather Bulletin and for a list of cooling centers, see http://emergency.lacity.org/heat.