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In the midst of summer power outages, we discuss the future of LA’s electrical grid




A view of the power lines as evening settles December 11, 2000 in Pico Rivera.
A view of the power lines as evening settles December 11, 2000 in Pico Rivera.
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Southern California is experiencing another wave of heat that is likely to break daily records in some areas today.

Meanwhile, utilities are hoping to avoid power outages by preparing extra workers and asking people to keep to limit AC use.

The entire state is in Flex Alert, which means people are being asked to turn off lights they’re not using and to stop using big appliances before 5 p.m. and after 9 p.m., to prevent power outages.Southern California summers have been getting hotter and they will likely continue getting hotter, so this isn’t a problem that’s going away.

So how can L.A.’s electrical grid keep up? What’s being done to update the system ahead of next summer? And what can people do in the meantime to conserve energy?

For advice on how to conserve energy, visit www.flexalert.org/save-energy

With guest host Libby Denkmann

Guest:

Marty Adams, chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)