Residents Asked to Conserve Power During the Heat Wave
Southern California Edison (SCE) is urging customers to conserve power today (August 17) through Wednesday to minimize possible power outages. SCE is asking everyone to help conserve power during this heatwave, particularly from 3:00 - 10:00 p.m., by turning your air conditioner up to at least 78 degrees Farenheit and turning off unnecessary appliances.
Over the weekend, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) declared a Stage 2 electrical emergency due to excessive heat driving up electricity use and putting a strain on the State’s electrical grid. A Stage 3 emergency occurs when the ISO is unable to meet minimum contingency electricity reserve requirements. During a Stage 3, the ISO can require electrical utilities to conserve power by turning off electrical services to customers, typically referred to as “rotating power outages.” Rotating power outages may occur at any time with no notice throughout the State, including Santa Barbara County. Such power outages may last anywhere between 1-2 hours.
As the West Coast faces an historic heatwave and energy shortages, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an emergency proclamation designed to free up energy capacity and reduce the need for temporary energy service disruptions. The proclamation temporarily allows some energy users and utilities to use backup energy sources to relieve pressure on the grid during peak times during the energy emergency.
To help relieve demand on the grid, SCE will be deploying back up generators to the Goleta substation today. They will be available to use Tuesday, Wednesday, and beyond depending on temperatures. The generators will only be turned on if needed, and will not totally eliminate the possibility of rolling blackouts, but they will help take some of the electrical strain off of the grid.
If rotating outages are necessary, you can see if your account will be impacted at sce.com/rotatingoutage.
Below are energy conservation tips from SCE:
Home energy conservation tips
- Set air conditioners to 78°F or higher.
- Turn off unused appliances and equipment.
- Use electric fans instead of air conditioning when practical.
- Minimize use of lighting where possible.
- Close drapes and blinds to keep out direct sunlight during hot periods.
- Avoid using evaporative coolers or humidifiers at the same time an air conditioner is running.
- Operate swimming pool equipment and energy-intensive appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines and dryers, during early-morning and late-evening hours after 10:00 p.m.
- Limit the opening and reopening of refrigerators, major users of electricity in many homes.
Business energy conservation tips
- When possible, shift power-intensive work to morning or late-evening hours.
- Precool your workspace and work areas or cycle air conditioning and ventilation.
- Set thermostats to 78°F or higher.
- Turn off unneeded lighting, ornamental or display lighting.
- Turn off equipment not in use.
- Run ice machines at night and into the early afternoon to build up a large supply.
- Use night covers on refrigerated display cases.
- Charge battery-powered equipment before 3 p.m. or after 10 p.m.
Please note that though rotating power outages may occur because of the extreme heat felt statewide, Stage 3 rotating power outages are not associated with the public safety power shutoff (PSPS) program.
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA
603 AM PDT Fri Aug 14 2020
Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area- Santa Barbara County Mountains-Ventura County Mountains- Los Angeles County Mountains excluding the Santa Monica Range- Including the cities of San Marcos Pass, San Rafael Wilderness Area, Dick Smith Wilderness Area, Lockwood Valley, Mount Pinos, Acton, Mount Wilson, and Sandberg
...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM PDT MONDAY...
* WHAT...Dangerously hot conditions with high temperatures between 97 and 109 expected generally below 5000 feet.
* WHERE...Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Barbara County Mountains, Ventura County Mountains and Los Angeles County Mountains.
* WHEN...Until 9 PM PDT Monday.
* IMPACTS...Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Overnight temperatures will be very warm with temperatures only lowering into the 70s and around 80, warmest especially in the foothills. Heat conditions may persist later into the week and the product may be extended.
Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat
stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.
Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.