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L.A. Department of Water and Power records highest-ever customer demand for electricity

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on Monday recorded an all-time peak energy demand as the area was belted by record heat.

By 3:45 p.m., the utility had registered a peak demand of 6,177 megawatts, breaking a previous record of 6,165 megawatts July 24, 2006, the DWP said.

The DWP said the system functioned well but that several significant power outages were reported. As of 6:30 p.m., about 5,400 people were without power in neighborhoods including Westwood, Cheviot Hills and Sylmar.

Click on the following link for DWP energy conservation tips.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photos: Hottest day in L.A. ever -- since 1877, anyway

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Although we have experienced an untypical cool summer, over the world as a whole; temperatures keep rising year after year. This leads to more and more use of air conditioning to cool offices and homes. This leads electric power companies to burn more and more gas and coal. This produces carbon which is released into the atmosphere leading to higher worldwide temperatures. This causes people to use more and more air conditioning. Is there any hope for us?

What else can you expect from an area, such as LA, which is so densely populated and overdeveloped ? Strange how some see development as progress.

if only solar panels made enough power to run my A/C

Yesterday was insane! I could barely leave my place... decided it was necessary to come up with some "too hot for fall" options (http://northonharper.com/2010/09/baby-its-hot-outside/)- spent the day at the movies!!!


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