SoCal Edison Warns of Possible Power Outages

High temperatures this week will most likely lead to more electricity usage, which in turn could cause outages, SoCal Edison officials said.

Officials with Southern California Edison Wednesday warned consumers of possible power outages because of heat-prompted high energy usage.

The wide-spread and continued use of air conditioning is already placing a strain on the power grid, officials said.

Many customers have been using their air conditioners into the night, as temperatures in Southwest Riverside County soar, the desert and the mountains soar, officials said.

Temperatures in Lake Elsinore and Wildomar are expected to go into the triple digits.

Lake Elsinore on Wednesday was expected to break its previous high heat record of 110 degrees.

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Temperatures in the Inland Empire Thursday could go as high as 111 and are expected to remain in the triple digits through the weekend and into next week, according to forecasters.

SoCal Edison officials advised customers to conserve power during the day and especially at night -- specifically by setting thermostats no lower than 78.

Officials also advised their customers to use more electric fans, limit the use of dishwashers and washing machines to early morning and evening hours and shut off lights when leaving a room.

Residents should also try to keep refrigerator doors closed as much as possible, since they are major energy users, officials said.

Swimming pool equipment should also not be operated during the hottest part of the day, officials said, and employers are asked to schedule their most energy intensive tasks for evening or early morning hours.

Diana August 09, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Well....if you cannot supply us with the power needed to get us through a week of triple digits then perhaps you need to upgrade your grid or stop building until you have the resources needed for us that live here. No better then then EVMWD. Always a rip off for those in need. I pay my bill every month please supply me with the power needed to get me through this heat wave.
Diana August 09, 2012 at 04:31 AM
BTW, this is no surprise we get this heatwave every year, hello SCE get you act together and quit playing stupid like this kind of heat in our Summers is some flippin surprise.
Teller of Truth August 09, 2012 at 04:44 AM
The county designated COOL CENTER for all seniors out there is at: The Senior Activity Center 420 E. Lakeshore Drive (951) 674- 2526 Hours are Mon- Thurs 8AM to 4PM and Friday 9 to 4pm.
Teller of Truth August 09, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Other suggestions are: Drink plenty of water (& try to avoid alcohol cause that dehydrates.) Wear floppy hats & sunglasses. Wear loose cotton clothing & lots of sunscreen. Take cold showers or soak in cool bathtub. Don't sit out in the car waiting for anyone or anything. Watch out for your pets, small children & your elderly neighbors like Martha. Some places to go out to beat the heat are: libraries, grocery stores, malls, the movies. Keep your "COOL" this summer........
BLUESGUITAR777 August 09, 2012 at 05:03 AM
I agree whole heartedly with Diana. This heat happens every summer. With the ridiculous amounts of money we pay them there is absolutely no excuse whatsoever for them not to provide the amounts of power needed - including during hot summers when a lot of energy is needed. Laziness, apathy and mismanaging of funds I can only assume.
Brad August 09, 2012 at 06:59 AM
Is that San Onofre reactor still offline?
Bubba August 09, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Yes. And there is a possibility of permanence. http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/24/local/la-me-san-onofre-20120624
TJ August 09, 2012 at 06:28 PM
I totally agree with Diana & bluesguitar777. SCE is so lame! Greed!
Thomas A Edison August 10, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Is our electrical grid/system THAT fragile? Something all of us depend on everyday can crack at a moments notice? Even with all the newer appliances rated as low power/low consumption we STILL have problems with SCE? You build a Nuclear Power Plant, then let it sit there by the ocean? You sit in A/C rooms with YOUR computers on, while you ask everyone else to shut theirs off? Ive lived in other countries and they NEVER asked for the people to shut off power when it got hot. Its obvious that SCE has just kicked the problem down the road without solving the problem I heard about in the 60's. SCE doesnt want to serve their customers, only take from them in different tiers of billing! Makes me shed tiers just thinking about how they rip off the people, even when we conserve.
Theresa August 11, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Its just not Edison, its a big and complex monster, starting with the Enron mess of the early 2000.and the (environmental terrorist )as I call them that have a death grip on calif. on down. Its all about politics and money. But what is really the slap in the face is when they tell you conserve conserve, conserve and cut back, when we do they don't make any money so guess what ! Sorry foulk's but now we have to raise your rates to cover our cost. "and then you ask your self what cost? we all cut back like you asked us too. My house is a sauna, but my pores are getting cleaned out, " I guess thats a plus way to look at it,and you can only cut back so much on watering before your yard starts looking like the Sahara desert and even your drought resistant plants start to die...: Early 80s Elsinore had under 10,000 people and we use to have brown outs in the summer time...:} Love the internet let your fingers do the walking and they will lead you too a world of information..:} (environmental terrorist) "


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