Jun 292017
 
L.A. Record Rooftop Solar

Mayor Garcetti Announces Completion of the World’s Most Powerful Rooftop Solar Project. Photo courtesy of LA Mayor’s office.

 

Mayor Garcetti Announces Completion of the World’s Most Powerful Rooftop Solar Project

 

Mayor Eric Garcetti joined the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to celebrate the completion of a historic rooftop solar project that will generate enough renewable energy to power nearly 5,000 homes.

The 16.4 Megawatt (DC) Westmont Solar Energy Project in San Pedro will produce more than 28 million Kilowatt-hours of electricity every year, making it the most powerful rooftop solar project in the world.

“We are putting sustainability at the center of everything we do in Los Angeles — and that means investing boldly to expand the use of local solar and renewable energy,” said Mayor Garcetti. “While Washington buries its head in the sand, we are carrying the fight against climate change forward in our city, and the Westmont Solar Energy Project is strong evidence of our commitment to a sustainable future.”

The project is part of Los Angeles’ rooftop solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT) program, the largest of its kind in America. The FiT program enables the owners of large buildings to install solar panels on their roofs, and sell the power they generate back to LADWP for distribution into the power grid.

“Our goal is to create a clean energy future for Los Angeles and solar is a big part of our strategy,” LADWP General Manager David H. Wright said. “Along with helping spur the clean energy economy in Los Angeles and meeting renewable energy goals, the expansion of local solar builds more resiliency and reliability into the power grid. Local solar systems are like mini power plants that generate power right where it is being used, saving on transmission costs and taking advantage of the city’s abundant sunshine to help meet electrical demand.”

The Westmont project includes more than 50,000 solar panels, covering 50 acres of roof space. It ranks second in size only to the solar project at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino — though Westmont’s highly efficient solar panels and unique roof design will enable it to surpass that project in total power generation.

The project advances several of the goals outlined in Mayor Garcetti’s Sustainable City pLAn, including the expansion of renewable energy use and eliminating the use of coal power.

The new solar project was developed by PermaCity Solar, together with building owner BlackRock and financial partners True Green Capital and GAF. Through a partnership with EmPower America, the country’s first Veteran Workforce Development Organization, the project trained 50 veterans in project management, roofing, and electrical skills. Through its program, EmPower has trained and employed more than 25,000 veterans in return for tax benefits.

“The way this project came together — its design, the installation and the financing — satisfies everybody,” said Jonathan Port, CEO of PermaCity Solar. “The workers get high pay, the owner gets a new roof, and the City gets the power. It’s nice when we can make all that happen.”

The Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) was also a critical partner on the project.

“California has led the way in demonstrating that climate change policy and economic growth aren’t mutually exclusive,” said Mary Leslie, LABC president. “With the Westmont opening, we are once again distinguishing ourselves as national leaders capitalizing on the economic promise the FiT program has to offer.”

To learn more about solar FiT projects in Los Angeles, visit www.ladwp.com/fit.

 

 

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May 122017
 
Mayor Garcetti Watches Over Owens Valley

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Mayor Garcetti visits Owens Valley to monitor LADWP emergency flood control efforts

 

Mayor Eric Garcetti traveled to the Owens Valley to survey the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) emergency flood control preparations for what the utility expects will be a record snowmelt from the Eastern Sierras.

The trip comes after Mayor Garcetti declared a local State of Emergency to protect the lands and communities of the Owens Valley from flooding, as this year’s snowpack begins to melt.

“I declared this State of Emergency because we have a responsibility to protect Angelenos and the people of the Owens Valley,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We are acting as quickly and diligently as we can to address this potential threat, and I’m pleased by the progress we’re making.”

During his visit, the Mayor spoke with community members, met with LADWP workers involved in the flood control efforts, and toured key areas — including Mono Lake and Owens Lake — where the snowmelt is threatening communities and LADWP infrastructure.

This year’s snowpack in the Eastern Sierras is 241% above normal, and as spring goes on, LADWP expects the snowmelt to send up to 1 million acre-feet of runoff into the Owens Valley.

This runoff — nearly twice the amount of water that Angelenos use in a year — could damage local communities, hydroelectric power plants, and dust mitigation infrastructure in Owens Lake. Mayor Garcetti’s Emergency Declaration enables LADWP to act quickly in response to the threat.

 

 

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Mar 212017
 
L.A. Local State of Emergency

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Mayor Garcetti declares State of Emergency to address unprecedented snowmelt in the Owens Valley

LADWP must act quickly to protect communities and critical infrastructure along the L.A. Aqueduct from flooding.

 

Mayor Eric Garcetti has declared a local State of Emergency to protect the lands and communities near the Los Angeles Aqueduct from flooding, as this year’s historic Eastern Sierra snowpack begins to melt into the Owens Valley.

This year’s snowpack in the Eastern Sierras is 241% above normal, and once spring sets in, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) expects the snowmelt to send up to 1 million acre-feet of runoff into the Owens Valley.

This runoff — nearly twice the amount of water Angelenos use in a year — will likely threaten local communities, hydroelectric power plants, and dust mitigation infrastructure in Owens Lake with destructive flooding. Mayor Garcetti’s Emergency Declaration will trigger City rules that enable LADWP to act quickly in response to the threat, and begin the process of requesting assistance from the state and federal governments.

“I am declaring a local State of Emergency today because we have a responsibility to protect Angelenos and the people of the Owens Valley — we must act quickly to address this threat,” said Mayor Garcetti. “I have also requested that Governor Brown help us coordinate our response with state agencies.”

“This emergency reminds us that climate change is not a problem for the distant future — it is already causing harm, and we know there is more to come. That’s why it’s critical for us to continue investing in infrastructure that makes our City more sustainable and resilient, and continue pushing to reduce our carbon emissions,” he added.

Mayor Garcetti is committed to making the City more sustainable, and combating climate change. His administration’s Sustainable City pLAn outlines ambitious goals for water conservation, carbon emission reduction, climate resiliency, and expanding the use of renewable energy. This historic snowpack directly after a historic drought is an example of the extreme climate patterns modeled in many climate studies.

Today’s Emergency Proclamation will help LADWP respond to the immediate threat of flooding in the Owens Valley by triggering special City rules that enable the utility to contract for the goods and services it needs more quickly. Since it is intended to last longer than seven days, the declaration requires approval by the City Council.

LADWP is already taking steps to prepare for this year’s snowmelt, and Mayor Garcetti’s declaration will enable the utility to act more quickly. For example, the agency is spreading water along the length of the L.A. Aqueduct system — so that the excess water can be used to replenish underground aquifers — and maximizing flows throughout the system, using more Aqueduct water to supply Los Angeles. It is also shoring up existing flood control infrastructure and emptying reservoirs along the Aqueduct to prepare for the snowmelt and protect its hydroelectric power plants and critical endangered species habitat from flooding.

In Owens Lake where the City has spent more than $1 billion on dust mitigation over the last two decades, LADWP is building new infrastructure to guide the flow of excess runoff away from its dust control operations and prevent them from destruction.

“Public safety is among our core values as an organization,” said LADWP General Manager David H. Wright. “LADWP has made a commitment to the residents of the Owens Valley to control dust emissions that can be harmful to breathe, and have spent over $1 billion on infrastructure to mitigate this dust. As storm waters threaten to destroy much of this investment, we must honor our commitment to the residents of the Owens Valley to reduce this form of air pollution, just like we honor our commitments to rate payers in the L.A. Basin. This Declaration by Mayor Garcetti today allows us to bypass lengthy supply procurement regulations to ensure that we can immediately continue to keep particulate matter from being blown off the dry lake playa during periods of high winds.”

Learn more about the impending snowmelt flood from LADWP

 

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Jan 052017
 
Free LED Light Bulbs Delivered To LADWP Customers

Free LED Light Bulbs Delivered To LADWP Customers
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Free LED Lightbulbs Delivered to over 1 Million Households in Los Angeles
LADWP delivered energy efficient LED lightbulbs to every residential customer to Save Energy LA

 

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) completed delivery of two free LED bulbs to 1.2 million residential customers as part of the City’s “Save Energy LA” campaign in December 2016.

“Every Angeleno has the power to help make Los Angeles more sustainable — and with the help of Save Energy LA, people across our city are finding new ways to conserve,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti.” We are proud to do our part by giving customers free energy-efficient LED light bulbs, and making it as easy as possible to for Angelenos to save power.”

The door-to-door delivery began in September and was conducted in a rolling fashion, from one community to another over the course of three months, until all LADWP residential customers received a bag with light bulbs and information about ways to save energy. The program completed last week with deliveries in the North Hollywood area.

“This was a huge effort, delivering LED bags to up to 165,000 homes per week,” LADWP General Manager David Wright said. “We encourage our customers to switch from CFL or incandescent light bulbs to LEDs as soon as possible for a quick and easy way to save on your electric bill. This simple change can save customers up to $238 in electric costs over each bulb’s lifetime.”

The LED household distribution program is a cost-effective way to deliver Energy Efficiency (EE) directly to all of LADWP’s residential customers, both in single-family as well as multi-family homes. In addition to the two LED bulbs themselves, the delivery package also contained helpful information on conservation strategies as well as LADWP’s other EE programs.

The LED distribution program is budgeted at $14.8 million for this fiscal year, representing 8.8 percent of the overall annual Energy Efficiency portfolio budget. The program is expected to result in 1,640 gigawatt hours (GWh) of energy saved and up to $246 million in customer bill savings over the lifetime of the LED bulbs. Additionally, the avoided cost of generation directly benefitting LADWP is estimated to be $146 million, representing a lifetime return on investment for this program to LADWP of almost ten to one.

Mayor Garcetti announced the Save Energy LA campaign in July to urge Angelenos to conserve electricity to benefit the environment and in response to the increased risk of power outages due to the unavailability of SoCal Gas’ Aliso Canyon Storage Facility following last year’s natural gas leak. The Save Energy LA campaign was created pro bono by Los Angeles-based advertising agency TBWA\CHIAT\DAY in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office and LADWP. In addition to designing the reusable bags and LED boxes, the campaign includes prominent ads on bus shelters, bus benches, DASH buses, and in print, as well as a social media campaign.

In addition to the LED bulb give away, LADWP offers many more ways for residential and commercial customers to save electricity, water and money. Go to www.MyLADWP.com for details on LADWP rebates and conservation programs.

 

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Oct 312016
 

2016 Quality of Life Awards Award Of Excellence Bestowed Upon Owens Lake Trails Architectural Elements

The Architectural Elements on Owens Lake, part of the Owens Lake Trails Project, were honored with the Award of Excellence at the 2016 Quality of Life Awards of the Southern California Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) last week.

Each year, the Award of Excellence is given to the one project which, “represents an outstanding advancement in leadership, contribution, understanding, and/or achievement in the field of landscape architecture and that improves the quality of life in Southern California and beyond.” In addition to the prestigious Award of Excellence, the Owens Lake Architectural Elements, designed by NUVIS Landscape Architecture and owned by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), also received an Honor Award in the Landscape Art design category from a pool of 92 submissions.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to see this valuable community project receive such esteemed recognition,” Nelson O. Mejia LADWP’s Owens Lake Project Manager said. “The landscape architect honored the lake’s past as it worked to shape the space’s future, creating an art piece that is in harmony with the surrounding view shed while providing an important habitat benefit to the lake’s visiting migratory bird species. By working with the local community, tribal leaders, and state and local offices, the Owens Lake Trails and Architectural Elements are an exceptional example of what can be created through strategic collaboration.”

The Owens Lake Trails consist of three trailheads that provide the Eastern Sierra region with a new wildlife viewing destination as well as education about LADWP’s dust emission mitigation efforts. The trails have attracted new tourism to the area, improving local business, creating recreation opportunities, and increasing public dialog on water conservation.

Owens Lake Architectural Elements are located on a 700 acre parcel within one of the Owens Lake Trailheads, the Plaza Trailhead, began with State Agencies’ and LADWP’s commitment to meet the following goals: provide public access and hiking trails, create bird and mammal habitat, and preserve cultural resources while still meeting the dust emission controls. NUVIS Landscape Architecture, adhering to the approved dust mitigation palette (shallow flood, gravel cover, and managed vegetation where soil conditions allow), designed a solution which evolved into Architectural Elements named the Whitecaps. The Whitecaps are large land forms in four size variations that provide topographic variation for both plant and animal diversity. Although the project did not start out as an art commission, the design developed into a composition of simple materials and forms inspired by the Owens Valley.

“Imagine Owens lake before the water was diverted to serve the people of Los Angeles,” said Perry Cardoza, the landscape architect who designed the Owens Lake Architectural Elements. “It was a large body of water in a vast valley with 80 mile per hour winds blowing across its surface. Old photographs show the lake having the appearance of a small sea filled with whitecaps during its windy season. Our team, in collaboration with LADWP’s biologists, designed a monument to the lake’s past which solves the challenge of providing habitat for shorebirds, small mammals, and invertebrates, while meeting the strict dust control requirements.”

The American Society Landscape Architects is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters and 72 student chapters. The Quality of Life Design Awards celebrate innovative design solutions, as well as stewardship of the land exhibited by firms and individuals who have made a positive impact on our evolving human and natural landscape.

This above article is about recognitions for Owens Lake Trails Architectural Elements. The Owens Lake Trails project itself has a story worth knowing. It seems that the road to the awards wasn’t smooth and the final outcome isn’t only an aesthetic asset but a benefit to natural environment. Interesting? Read more.

 

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Oct 262016
 

Cactus Jungle by Wolf Kesh

Two Years In, Angelenos on Track to Meet Mayor’s 2017 Water Conservation Goals; New UCLA Study Reinforces Importance of Turf Removal, New Rebate Helps Customers Continue to Save

Two years after Mayor Eric Garcetti signed Executive Directive 5 (ED 5), putting in place strong, emergency drought response measures for the City of Los Angeles, water customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) remain ahead of schedule in meeting citywide water conservation goals.

Water use by LADWP customers remains down approximately 20 percent from 2014 levels, meeting the goal for 2017 as set forth in ED 5 and the LA’s Sustainable City pLAn ahead of schedule. LADWP water officials attribute much of the success to Angelenos’ continued actions to reduce outdoor watering and replace water-thirsty turf with drought tolerant landscapes. Approximately 50 percent of residential water use in Los Angeles is attributed to uses outdoors and LADWP’s turf replacement rebate program has resulted in 37 million square feet of turf being removed in the City of Los Angeles, saving 1.6 billion gallons of water each year. That’s enough water to supply 15,000 LA households each year. LADWP currently provides participating customers a rebate of $1.75 per square foot to rip out turf and replace it with California friendly landscaping. The rebate level has been maintained by LADWP even after the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) eliminated its additional $2.00 per square foot rebate in 2015.

A study released by UCLA’s Luskin Center for Innovation shows that $1.75 per square foot is a reasonable amount that pays off for both residential households who utilize the rebate and LADWP ratepayers.

The Luskin Center’s report, Turf Replacement Program Impacts on Households and Ratepayers: An Analysis for the City of Los Angeles, answers two questions: Under what conditions does participation in the turf replacement program provide financial benefits to households? And is the turf replacement program a reasonably cost effective investment for utilities and ratepayers?

In order to assess the economics of lawn replacement from the household perspective the report measures the impact of different rebate levels, turf replacement costs, climate zones (determined by different evapotranspiration rates across the city), and future expected water pricing on household financial benefits. The report calculates the payback periods for ratepayers based on varying levels of household participation in the turf replacement program and different levels of rebates. Rebates offered at $1.75 result in a payback period for typical households and ratepayers of approximately 10 years, comparable to other investments like solar.

“Angelenos are the water heroes of California — we’ve pulled up 37 million square feet of thirsty turf, more than two-thirds of the state’s target, and reduced our water use 20 percent” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “We have made amazing progress in the two years since I signed an Executive Directive to respond to our drought, and the study released Monday shows that our incentives are working. But we can always do more, and I’m proud of our Department of Water and Power for making sensible, effective improvements to our turf rebate program.”

“Turf replacement programs, when well designed, are an essential conservation tool for communities to become more drought and climate resilient,” J.R. DeShazo Director of the Luskin Center for Innovation at the University of California at Los Angeles said.

To further the benefits of its turf rebate program, LADWP recently updated the program guidelines. The amended terms and conditions will continue to promote the installation of native and California Friendly® low water-use plants while ensuring each project incorporates sustainable design elements that benefit the customer and help contribute to the City’s future water conservation goals.

Changes to the turf rebate program include:

  • No longer providing rebates for the installation of synthetic turf;
  • Increasing California Friendly plant coverage required from 40% to 50%;
  • Limiting the amount of rock, gravel, or decomposed granite to 25% of the total project;
  • Incorporating rainfall capture techniques in project designs;
  • No longer permitting the use of synthetic or chemically treated mulch;
  • And recommending the use of biodegradable (natural/organic) weed barriers (instead of synthetic weed barriers).

“These turf rebate guideline changes allow LADWP to push an already positive sustainability program for our environment to an even higher, healthier standard,” LADWP General Manager David Wright said.

The program changes will assist LADWP customers in better capturing, conserving, and reusing water to prevent runoff on their property and reduce water demand. In addition to these water-saving benefits, by requiring program participants to minimize the use of materials such as gravel, pavers, decomposed granite, and synthetic turf – materials that often create a “heat island” effect on properties by absorbing the sun’s heat – LADWP aims to lower surface and temperatures on properties. This added benefit may assist customers in limiting energy use by reducing the need for air conditioning.

To learn more about LADWP’s turf rebate and other water conservation programs, please visit myLADWP.com.

The Luskin Center study can be found at: http://innovation.luskin.ucla.edu/TurfRebateAnalysis.

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Aug 242016
 

MayorGarcettiBreaksGroundOnFacilityThatWillConserveBillionsofGallonsofStormwater1

More than five billion gallons of water will be saved each year at a new stormwater capture facility now under construction in the northeast San Fernando Valley.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Nury Martinez, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works today broke ground on the Tujunga Spreading Grounds Enhancement Project — a $29 million expansion of an existing facility that will double its capacity to capture stormwater for local use.

“We have to expand our local water supply, and that means investing in stormwater capture,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Tujunga Spreading Grounds Enhancement Project will double the amount of water we capture at this facility — an important step toward securing L.A.’s future in this historic drought. I’m grateful to our County partners for working with us to conserve and capture a precious resource.”

L.A. Builds New Stormwater Capture Facility: currently, the Tujunga Spreading Grounds can capture and store about 8,000 acre-feet, or 2.5 billion gallons of water a year. Once the enhancement is complete in 2018, that capacity will expand to 16,000 acre-feet, or 5 billion gallons — enough water to supply 48,000 Los Angeles households every year. In addition to conserving water, the enhancement will provide new open space and a walking path for neighborhood residents.

“While we’re building an environmentally sound improvement for our city, we’re also beautifying the neighborhood nearby,” Councilmember Martinez said. “I’m especially proud that LADWP worked with the community to mitigate construction impacts on neighborhood residents by implementing a conveyor belt system to transport dirt off site, thereby taking trucks off our neighborhood streets and limiting traffic congestion.”

The enhancement is part of LADWP’s Stormwater Capture Master Plan, which aims to expand Los Angeles’ local water supply and reduce the city’s reliance on imported water. It also advances several of the objectives outlined in Mayor Garcetti’s Sustainable City pLAn, including the goal of increasing local stormwater capture to 150,000 acre-feet per year by 2035.

“In the past, most stormwater was allowed to run off to the Pacific Ocean. Those days are over,” said LADWP General Manager David Wright. “With the Tujunga Spreading Grounds Enhancement Project, we ensure that these valuable water resources don’t go to waste. By doubling this site’s capacity, L.A.’s greatest local water asset, the San Fernando Groundwater Basin, remains replenished with Los Angeles water for Angelenos to drink.”

LADWP plans to continue implementing stormwater capture projects that reduce the amount of runoff lost to the ocean and make more local water available to Angelenos. These projects include large-scale spreading grounds enhancements like the Tujunga enhancement, as well as smaller projects like green streets, rain gardens, and rain barrels.

The Tujunga project is designed and managed by L.A. County Public Works. The department operates 14 major dams and 26 spreading grounds on behalf of the L.A. County Flood Control District, including the Tujunga Spreading Grounds facility.

“Capturing stormwater to recharge local groundwater supplies has always been part of the Flood Control District’s mission,” said Gail Farber, director of LA County Public Works. “But the severity of the current drought and the challenges of climate change, population growth and an unreliable imported water supply require the combined attention and effort of the entire region. The City of Los Angeles has been a fantastic partner in this regard.”

Aug 202016
 

LADWPHasExceededAnnualWaterMainReplacementGoal

Mayor Garcetti announces that LADWP has exceeded annual water main replacement goal

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has replaced more than 32 miles of deteriorating water main across the city over the last year, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today.

The figure tops LADWP’s goal for the 2015-16 fiscal year by more than 20,000 feet, marking the first step in an aggressive effort to replace more than 520 miles of pipe over the next decade. Water main replacements are a critical investment because they produce a dramatic reduction in leaks — enabling more water conservation and fewer service disruptions.

“Every drop counts when we’re in drought conditions, and L.A. can’t afford to let rotting pipes and bursting water mains get in the way of conservation,” said Mayor Garcetti. “These water main replacement numbers show us what we can do to effectively fortify our water system with smart investments. I am confident that we can build on this success in the months and years to come.”

LADWP was able to surpass this year’s water main replacement goal in large part because of a sensible rate increase package approved earlier this year. That plan has enabled LADWP to invest in the city’s water system now and plan for years of future progress.

In addition to planning 520 miles of water main replacement over the next 10 years, LADWP aims to reduce its system-wide water pipe replacement cycle from 225 years to 120 years by 2020.

“LADWP’s top priority is to provide safe and effective water and power service to our customers. Our leak rate in 2015 was less than the national average, with about 17 leaks per 100 miles per year compared to the national average of 25. But we know we can do better,” said LADWP General Manager David Wright. “By continuing to ramp up replacement of aging infrastructure, we hope to lower that rate even further — saving water and improving distribution citywide.”

“My office is working hand-in-hand with LADWP on proactive and necessary infrastructure repairs throughout the Hillsides and San Fernando Valley,” Councilmember David Ryu said. “Investing in our City’s water system will lead to a reduction of pipeline breaks, improved water quality and enhanced fire protection. Additionally, taxpayer dollars will be saved by immediately investing in our water mainlines.”

Aug 172016
 
LADWP Energy Conservation Alert

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With The Current Heat Wave Expected Through Wednesday, LADWP Urges Customers to Save Energy While Staying Safe

With temperatures expected to remain high along the coast and reach triple digits in the San Fernando Valley through Wednesday, August 17, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) urges customers to reduce their energy use where possible while not putting their health or the health of their pets at risk.

“During the upcoming heat wave, we advise customers to conserve electricity as long as it does not jeopardize their health,” General Manager Marcie Edwards said. “Putting simple tips into action like closing curtains during the heat of the day and not using large appliances during the peak hours of noon to 6 p.m. will save electricity use and reduce the risk of possible outages due to strain on the electrical grid.”

High heat can impact power reliability as more residents and businesses use their air conditioners all at once, increasing the strain on neighborhood power distribution equipment.

To help reduce energy use, LADWP recommends the following as highly effective conservation measures:

  • Adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher.
  • Be smart about lighting. Turn off unnecessary lights.
  • Adjust your water heater down to 120 degrees.
  • Use your major appliances late in the evening or early in the morning.
  • Turn off your pool pumps.

For more energy-saving tips and information on money-saving energy efficiency rebates, visit www.MyLADWP.com.

How to Prepare for a Power Outage
Following are ways that customers can be prepared for possible power outages:

  • Store flashlights and batteries in easy-to-reach places around the home. Make a mental note to know where they all are.
  • Keep a battery-operated radio nearby for updates on power outages.
  • Ventilate your home in the evening by opening doors and windows to clear out heat and circulate air.
  • Always have a phone charger in the car. Having a fully charged phone to speak with friends and family during an outage can be both comforting and informative.
  • Keep non-perishable food handy. If food in the refrigerator does spoil, you want to be sure and have plenty of alternatives nearby.
  • Keep a cooler nearby to transfer food, using whatever ice you have before the outage.
  • If you are medically dependent on critical equipment, consider purchasing a gasoline-powered backup generator.

LADWP urges customers to be alert and follow instructions when Flex Alerts are issued, signaling an urgent call for conservation during peak energy use periods. For the latest information regarding power outages in Los Angeles, follow LADWP on Twitter @LADWP. Customers may also sign up for LADWP email notifications on www.ladwp.com and www.ladwpnews.com.