Rolling blackouts can be caused by a variety of circumstances such as extreme high heat or interruption from one of the state's major power supplies. This summer, the primary concern for rolling blackouts may be caused by natural gas curtailments from SoCalGas.
PWP is doing everything possible to avoid interruption to your electrical service. In fact, Pasadena has made great strides to ensure our energy portfolio is diverse with renewable and traditional sources. We are also working closely with our large commercial customers to reduce energy usage on days of extreme heat.
Pasadena will face periods of triple digit temperatures this summer. It is imperative that everyone does what they can to reduce consumption, particularly during extreme heat. Follow these tips to help do your part:
For more general energy conservation tips, visit our Save Energy page.
A Flex Alert is a call for consumers to conserve electricity during heat waves when power use outstrips electricity supply. It also calls for conservation during other challenging grid conditions, such as when power plants or power lines are unexpectedly unavailable, making electricity deliveries difficult.
To learn more and to sign up to receive alerts directly to your mobile or email, visit the Flex Alert website.
Pasadena, along with a number of other utilities in the Los Angeles, relies on natural gas to help generate local power supply. Pasadena is aggressively exploring alternative power sources to address the potential shortage of natural gas.
Providing you with safe and reliable power remains one of our top priorities. However, it is important to recognize that depending on weather conditions and the community's ability to conserve energy, anticipated cutbacks on natural gas supplies from the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility could lead to rotating outages (AKA "rolling blackouts") this summer.
PWP could also be required to participate in rolling blackouts when necessary to maintain reliability of the regional grid, even if all our generation resources are available and operating.
While PWP strives to keep customers informed about the possibility of rolling blackouts, system conditions can change quickly and unpredictably. Furthermore, we not publicly announce the specific location or boundaries of current or expected outages for your safety and security. To learn more, visit http://conserveenergysocal.com/
FlexAlert.org - Save Energy To Prevent Power Shortages
RedCross.org - Power Outage Checklist
BePreparedCalifornia.ca.gov - Safety in a Power Outage
Ready.gov - Power Outage Safety