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Energy Providers Urge Customers to Conserve During Heat Wave

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Forecast Calls for Record Demand for Electric Grid

Flex Alert Issued

The Energy Providers of Southern California are urging customers to
conserve electricity and natural gas during the current heat wave and
recently-issued Flex Alert. Persistent high temperatures have again
brought a call for energy conservation via a Flex Alert issued by the
California Independent System Operator (ISO) – the third of the summer.

Forecasts now project record demand load on Friday. According to ISO,
power supply conditions will be tight Friday, as will the natural gas
supply in Southern California. The Flex Alert was announced yesterday
afternoon and is in effect from 1 p.m. this afternoon until 10 p.m. this
evening, Friday, September 1.

About 60 percent of the electricity generated in California comes from
power plants that run on natural gas. Because there is still limited
availability of natural gas from the Aliso Canyon storage facility,
there is less natural gas locally to produce electricity, particularly
during high-usage periods. This could lead to power outages. To avoid
the risk of outages, Conserve Energy SoCal is calling on Southern
Californians to come together and reduce energy use by using the
following conservation tips, also available here.

  • Set your AC to 78 degrees, and turn it off when away. Learn more about
    AC myths and the best ways to use your AC energy efficiently here.
  • Cool with fans and by drawing drapes.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances.
  • Avoid using major appliances during the afternoon and early evening.

The Flex Alert program achieved an average of 500 megawatts in voluntary
conservation during each of three alerts issued last summer. That
equates roughly to the amount of electricity used to power about 500,000
homes.

The Energy Providers of Southern California created Conserve
Energy SoCal
– a campaign that promotes energy conservation during
the summer months by highlighting the links between the region's natural
gas and electricity systems. The program was first introduced last
summer to bring Southern Californians together to conserve energy, save
money and reduce the risk of natural gas and electricity shortages.

For more information on ways to conserve, visit ConserveEnergySoCal.com,
or get updates and tips from Conserve Energy SoCal on Twitter
and Facebook.
You can also sign up to receive Flex Alerts here.

About Conserve Energy SoCal

Now in its second year, Conserve Energy SoCal – a joint campaign
by the Energy Providers of Southern California (a consortium of natural
gas and electric utilities), the California Public Utilities Commission
(CPUC), California Independent System Operator (ISO) and local city
governments – promotes energy conservation by highlighting the links
between the region's natural gas and electricity systems. The program is
focused on bringing Southern Californians together to conserve energy,
save money and reduce the risk of natural gas and electricity shortages.

About The Energy Providers of Southern California

The Energy Providers of Southern California is a coalition of the
Greater Los Angeles region's natural gas and electric utilities, in
partnership with the California Public Utilities Commission, the
California Independent System Operator and local city governments.

Members include: Azusa Light & Water (ALW), Burbank Water & Power (BWP),
California Independent System Operator (ISO), City of Colton Electric
Utility (CCEL), Glendale Water & Power (GWP), Los Angeles Department of
Water & Power (LADWP), Pasadena Water & Power (PWP), Riverside Public
Utilities (RPU), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Southern California
Edison (SCE), Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), Southern
California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), and the Southern California
Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN).

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