How to monitor potential heat related power outages

I spotted on the 6 AM news that the inland Valleys are looking for highs of 100-110 today.  Anyone who has been here a while knows that when it gets that high the potential for rolling blackouts in the event demand out strips capacity is a possibility.  When it happens it is a royal pain in the butt.

You can monitor the potential for rolling outages by checking the Cal ISO System Status.  That page will give you anticipated power useage and available supplies.  For a little more detailed information you can check the Cal ISO Emergency Notice page.

For those in the LA DWP service areas you can check their site.  They also have a good information page on how to beat the heat and list of cooling centers for those without A/C on their Emergency Information page.

Those of us in the So Cal Edison service area can get status on planned outages on their Power Outage page.

A little prevention is needed to survive the hottest days.  Make sure the kidlets and pets have ample water.  Pull them inside during the hottest part of the day.  Don’t run your major appliances during the peak heat and usage hours in the late afternoon.  Bump the temp on the thermostat a few degrees and use fans to keep the air moving and feeling cooler than it really is.  It takes just a little conservation to keep the power on for all of us.

Tomorrow is supposed to be the hottest day in this heat wave.  My idea of conservation on days like that is to shut everything off.  Lock up the house and head out with my heat emergency kit.  The kit consists of 4 boogie boards, my kids and the fastest route to Tower 22 down at Bolsa Chica. 

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