As Crews Work to Restore Power, Customers Asked to Conserve Energy

The combination of high heat and three wildfires is putting additional demands on the electrical grid.

August 17, 2015 | By Caroline Aoyagi-Stom

B-Roll: Lincoln Fire Pole Replacement

As crews continue to replace damaged poles and work to restore power to those affected by the current wildfires, Southern California Edison (SCE) is asking for those with power to help conserve energy.

The high temperatures in the Southland, combined with three wildfires, is putting extra demand on the electrical system. As crews work to restore power, sometimes power will need to be rerouted. During peaks times, between noon-6 p.m., power is easier to reroute when there is less demand on the system.

“As our crews work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power to customers, we appreciate the help of those with power to conserve energy, especially during these peak periods of demand,” said Mark Guerrero, SCE Northwest Grid Operations manager.

As of 3 p.m., there are 4,198 customers without power (not all related to the weather or fire) in SCE's service territory.

Crews were on the scene in Montebello replacing 10 poles and repairing another seven. Residents are asked not to approach them so they can complete their work and get power restored as quickly and as safely as possible.

The Lincoln Fire near North San Gabriel Boulevard and North Lincoln Avenue in Montebello consumed 350 acres and was 20 percent contained. At the Cabin Fire at Highway 39 northeast of the San Gabriel Reservoir, about 1,470 acres had burned. In Mono County, the Walker Fire near Walker Lake and Lee Vining consumed 2,200 acres and was 10 percent contained with no estimate for full containment.

To conserve energy, SCE customers are urged to set their thermostats no lower than 78 degrees and to reduce electricity use between noon-6 p.m., the peak hours of energy usage.

Other conservation tips, include:

  • Use fans instead of air conditioning, when practical.
  • Turn off lights in any room or building when possible.
  • Avoid using evaporative coolers or humidifiers when an air conditioner is running.
  • Close drapes and blinds to keep out direct sunlight during hot periods.
  • Limit how often you open your refrigerator door.
  • When possible, businesses should shift power-intensive work processes to morning or evening hours.

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Topics: Customer Service