Sizzling temperatures prompt Bay Area power watch
Bay City News Service
July 22, 2006
With inland temperatures expected to reach up to 110 degrees
today in the Bay Area, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is asking
people to conserve energy.
The California Independent System Operator has issued a "Flex
Your Power NOW!" power watch to encourage residents to reduce
unnecessary energy use. The power watch will be in effect through
Monday, California ISO reported, although a report stated that
emergency power shortages are unlikely.
PG&E is urging Bay Area residents to take steps to reduce
energy consumption. People are encouraged to set air conditioning
thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, use fans to cool homes and
offices, draw drapes and turn off unnecessary appliances and lights.
Using big appliances like washing machines and dishwashers early
in the day or later at night, outside the peak hours of 7 a.m.
to 4 p.m., can also help conserve power.
Several power outages reported Friday throughout the Bay Area
were blamed on the increased demand for power resulting from the
record high temperatures, according to PG&E spokesman Paul
Equipment overload caused five separate power outages in the
Pittsburg, Antioch and Brentwood areas Friday, PG&E reported.
Some smaller heat-related equipment failures are believed to have
caused scattered outages throughout the Bay Area. A larger outage
in Hayward was also reported Friday.
Power has been restored to about 90 percent of customers experiencing
outages from Friday, PG&E spokeswoman Jana Schuering said
A power outage that began at about 6:30 a.m. today in Pittsburg
and Antioch along Bailey Road is affecting about 16 customers,
Schuering said. PG&E crews are currently investigating the
cause of the outage and are working to restore power.
PG&E is also investigating the cause of an outage in Concord
that is affecting an estimated 3,200 customers this morning.
A National Weather service heat advisory remains in effect through
Sunday for the interior portions of the Bay Area.
Six temperature records were broken Friday and a seventh was
tied as Northern California continued to swelter, according to
the National Weather Service.
Today is expected to be even hotter, according to a National
Weather Service spokesman, and more records could be broken.
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