Stage 2 Emergency Issued for California

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As mentioned on the SF Metblogs, the California ISO upped us up to Stage 2 Electrical Emergency today that is effective between 1-9pm today. While places like the Grove and other businesses are not minding the demand to conserve energy, many throughout Los Angeles are without power. ABC News reports:

As of 11 a.m., the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reported nearly 16,000 customers were without power. The majority of problems were in the San Fernando Valley, where nearly 300 neighborhoods lost power. About 70 neighborhoods in the Metro area have been affected, including Hancock Park, Eagle Rock and Hollywood.

“We need all Angelenos’ help, as we tackle this extreme heat wave and the demand it has placed on our electrical system,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “The city and region have cooling centers available and we can all take steps to conserve energy to lessen the demand on our infrastructure and help get power back on more rapidly.”

As of 1:30 p.m., Southern California Edison officials reported 17,000 customers remained without power. They said some customers “could face lengthy waits for service restoration.”

Heat wave posts on blogging.la: Stage 1 Emergency Issued; Bend Your Power ; I Blew Out My Flip-Flop; The only heat post I will make this summer; Cooling Stations in LA; Public Information Notice – It’s Hot; More Crazy Ass Heat News