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Flex Alert: Energy Conservation in Pasadena Critical During Heat Wave

Flex Alert: Energy Conservation in Pasadena Critical During Heat Wave


PASADENA, Calif.—As Southern California continues to bake in the current hot weather, Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) is again urging its customers to keep conserving energy to help reduce the strain on the City’s electric grid. 

While PWP’s power supply forecast is currently projected to meet demand, the California Independent System Operator (CAL ISO) will issue a Flex Alert for tomorrow, August 14, urging all Californians to conserve energy.  Cal ISO information is available online at:  http://www.caiso.com/Documents/StubbornHeatWaveTriggersAnotherStatewideFlexAlert_ConservationCritical.pdf. 

PWP continues to monitor the situation locally and to work closely with other local, state and regional electric utility officials regarding the state’s energy usage and needs.  No specific heat-related problems have been reported. 

“We need our customers to help conserve energy when and where possible,” said PWP General Manager Phyllis Currie. 

Currie said PWP is asking all customers to set their air conditioner’s thermostats to no lower than 78 degrees, the temperature setting also recommended by CAL ISO’s Flex Your Power program, www.fypower.org.  PWP is also asking customers to follow these other energy saving tips too: 

  • Close blinds and drapes to block out direct heat and use energy efficient fans as an alternative to staying cool. 
  • Shut entry doors while air conditioners are running. 
  • Regularly replace dirty filters on air conditions 
  • Use major appliances in the early morning or after 7 p.m., when energy demand is lower. 
  • Turn off lights, air conditioners, computers, TVs and other electronics when not in use. 
  • Set the refrigerator to 37 degrees, clean coils regularly and unplug unused secondary fridges. 

Pasadena Water and Power customers can find dozens of rebate incentives on energy-efficient products for both home and workplace at www.PWPweb.com/Rebates. 

Pasadena Water and Power customers with any power emergencies should call (626) 744-4673. For water-related emergencies, call (626) 744-4138. 

For more information about the City of Pasadena, go to www.cityofpasadena.net. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 13, 2012, #052-12 

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: William H. Boyer, Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office, (626) 744-4755, wboyer@cityofpasadena.net or 

Erica Rolufs, Communications Manager, Pasadena Water and Power, (626) 744-4434, erolufs@cityofpasadena.net 



Posted: 8/13/2012 01:45:00 PM
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