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Pasadena In Focus
July - August 2012

Summer Power and San Onofre Nuclear Plant Update

power_plantDid you know the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station serves about 1.4 million households in Southern California, but it does not directly supply Pasadena with electricity?

The City of Pasadena Water and Power Department (PWP) meets customers’ power needs from several other sources, including our local natural gas generation plant. Still, PWP will be keeping a close eye on San Onofre while the nuclear plant is offline this summer just in case we need to share resources with our neighbors.

Most Southern Californians probably won’t even notice that San Onofre is offline for inspections and repairs, but unusually hot weather that spikes power demands or unplanned outages at other generating stations may prompt the California Independent System Operator Corporation (CAISO) to initiate rolling blackouts.

CAISO operates the electric grid that handles about 70 percent of the electric load throughout California. As a member of the CASIO network, participating utilities, including PWP, must take part in rolling blackouts as needed.

PWP will do its best to let you know about planned outages. If CAISO announces rolling blackouts, PWP will send out news releases, notify the media and post information on the City’s website and Facebook page. In some cases, PWP does not receive any advance notice of rolling blackouts from CAISO—another good reason to be prepared for blackouts, unplanned outages and other emergencies.

Remember, emergency kits should be stocked with enough food, water, clothes, hygiene, medical and weather protection supplies to last each person at least three days. Be sure to have flashlights, new batteries and solar or hand-crank chargers for electronics or communication devices.

If you or a loved one depends on plug-in medical equipment, register for the “Sustain Life” list at www.pwpweb.com/emergency. Additional emergency preparedness tips can also be found on the PWP webpage.