“More electricity is used by our customers during the summer season than at any other time of the year,” said Paul Radakovich, Rocky Mountain Power vice president of operations. Radakovich explained the demand for electricity typically reaches its highest point on a hot summer weekday afternoon. That’s the same time power is needed to operate the summertime irrigation systems and the ever-increasing number of air conditioners.
“Understanding the climate and customers’ needs helps us provide reliable electricity during this peak season,” Radakovich said.
At the end of each summer, Rocky Mountain Power reviews how the electrical system performed, and last year identified 20 projects that needed be completed before summer 2014. All 20 projects were completed by this spring. Examples of the projects include:
• Increasing capacity on specific circuits.
• Installing new equipment such as transformers, switches and voltage regulators.
• Reconfiguring electrical pathways serving customers in specific areas.
• Making sure spare equipment and resources are available.
During hot weather, Rocky Mountain Power takes steps daily to ensure the reliable delivery of electricity by monitoring which areas have the highest use, identifying where fuses are prone to melt and how close to capacity key pieces of equipment are operating.
“Customers also can take steps to reduce electricity use during the summer peak season,” said Kathryn Hymas, Rocky Mountain Power vice president of demand side management. “We have simple tips, programs and incentives for customers to increase their energy efficiency at home and in the workplace, particularly during the summer months.” To see a full list of energy-saving tips, visit www.wattsmart.com. Among the top 10 summer energy-saving tips are:
• Set the thermostat as high as comfortable, 78 degrees or higher recommended.
• Tune up air conditioners each year and clean or replace filters monthly.
• Operate the clothes dryer and dishwasher at night.
“Although we’ve seen the demand for electricity continually increase year after year, we also are seeing fewer pieces of equipment fail due to summer conditions,” Radakovich said. “We feel very confident about our readiness for summer 2014.”
Additional summertime information is available on Rocky Mountain Power’s website at: https://www.rockymountainpower.net/res/vn/7-14_infographic_ut.html and https://www.rockymountainpower.net/res/sem/het/tsest.html.