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High Summer Temps Expected

GWP Reminds Customers To Conserve Energy

Post Date:07/01/2019 9:30 AM

Contact:
Atineh Haroutunian
Glendale Water & Power
(818) 548-3381
aharoutunian@glendaleca.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2019

 

GLENDALE, California – While Glendale residents are used to enduring high temperatures in the summer, weather experts are predicting we are in for a particularly long and hot summer this year. In response GWP is taking steps to ensure it can continue to provide reliable power to its customers. With transmission constraints and inability to rely on locally generated power from its Grayson Power Plant, GWP wants to avoid any interruptions in service and is counting on its customers to take steps to conserve as much energy as possible this summer.

GWP will be proactively alerting customers through its Peak Day Alert program by calling and or emailing customers to conserve energy on particular days and especially during peak hours in the day by asking them to; turn up the temperatures on their thermostats and put off the use of large appliances until after 8:00 p.m. “Making small changes in the way customers use energy adds up to a lot of energy saved, stated Steve Zurn, General Manager of GWP. “We want to avoid any service interruptions this summer due to our aging Grayson Power plant being offline. We are asking our customers to please conserve as much as possible so that we can continue to provide Glendale with reliable power during high demand periods,” added Zurn.

“GWP can no longer rely on our aging and inefficient Grayson Power Plant to meet the energy demands of Glendale. There is a very real possibility of service interruptions during consecutive days of extremely high heat, and we are going to ask the residents of Glendale to please conserve,” added Mayor Ara Najarian.

To help conserve energy throughout the summer and especially when GWP calls a Peak Day Alert, customers can do the following:

  • Limit appliance use during peak hours of the day. Use them in early morning hours or after 8:00 p.m.
  • Adjust air conditioning thermostats to 78 when home and set thermostats to 80 degrees when not home, keeping in mind the health of family members and pets.
  • Use a ceiling fan instead of the AC whenever possible. Remember fans cool people not rooms.
  • Close all curtains and blinds to keep out direct sunlight.
  • Make sure all HVAC vents are clean and filters have been replaced.
  • Turn off lights to rooms that are not in use.
  • Use LEDs wherever possible since they don’t give off heat and are more efficient.
  • Air dry dishes to avoid using the dishwasher.
  • Keep refrigerators full.  A full fridge uses less energy.
  • Unplug “energy vampires” - cell phone chargers, DVD players, microwave ovens, and other appliances with digital clocks that use energy even when turned off or in sleep mode.
  • When possible, businesses should shift power-intensive work processes to morning or evening hours

GWP crews will as always be on duty and standby throughout the summer and prepared to respond to heat related outages if they do occur. Customers can also sign-up for the State of California’s Flex Alert system when the State issues an urgent call for conservation during peak energy use periods. To sign-up for Flex Alerts visit: www.Flexalert.org or follow @Flexalert on Twitter.

Residents can also access the following Cooling Stations in Glendale:


Adult Recreation Center
201 E. Colorado St., 91205
(818) 548-3775
Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

 

Maple Park Community Center
820 E. Maple Ave., 91205
(818) 548-3783 or (818) 548-3694
Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

 

Pacific Community Center
501 S. Pacific Ave., 91204
(818) 548-4098
Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

 

Sparr Heights Community Center
1613 Glencoe Way, 91208
(818) 548-2187
Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


For questions regarding Cooling Stations, please contact Glendale’s Community Services and Parks Department at (818) 548-2000. For more energy conservation tips, visit www.GlendaleWaterAndPower.com.

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Glendale Water & Power is the City of Glendale’s utility.  Glendale Water & Power generates, transmits, and distributes electricity to 88,849 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Glendale, California. The city-owned utility also provides water to 34,181 customers.  For the latest information regarding power outages follow GWP on twitter at @COGwaterpower or Facebook /Glendalewaterandpower.

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