During the summer of 2006, we witnessed the hottest temperatures ever recorded in
The solution is three-pronged. First, we need to upgrade our aging infrastructure. Last year's outages were caused when 303 electrical transformers failed. Since then, DWP has upgraded more than 1300 failed or failing transformers. Though the replacement of these is an important first step, the 40-year replacement cycle for the more than 126,000 transformers throughout the city is not nearly enough to accommodate Los Angeles' increasing demand. We need reliable power service to all our customers, and we need a skilled workforce to ensure that very reliability.
Secondly, we need to collectively reduce our electricity use. If every household in
Finally, we need to effectively communicate with the public before, during, and after outages. We need to warn residents when the hottest days are coming and encourage them to use less electricity those days. We need a reliable customer service center to inform communities affected by outages and respond to calls. And we need to be prepared with information on cooling centers and back-up power and water supplies in case of outages.We all have a part in preventing outages. As we gear up for the summer of 2007, be aware of what you can do to reduce your energy consumption