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To Keep Electricity Flowing to Angelenos, DWP Says It Might Cut Their Power

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews work at South Westmoreland Avenue at 6th Street in Koreatown to restore power to customers in July 2018. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews work at South Westmoreland Avenue at 6th Street in Koreatown to restore power to customers in July 2018. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

To prevent Angelenos from suffering long and agonizing power outages in scorching weather, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power says it might have to cut their electricity.

Utility officials said Tuesday that “planned outages” that are advertised to residents beforehand will be needed to upgrade aging infrastructure.

DWP General Manager David Wright raised the idea two weeks after a blistering heat wave that left more than 100,000 customers without electricity at some point, some of whom went days without power. Wright said the practice, standard in the industry, would involve notifying residents in advance that their power would be out during specific hours on a selected day.

Dan Barnes, director of power transmission and distribution, said the utility already does some planned outages for replacing equipment, but usually keeps electricity flowing to Angelenos as it replaces old cables, by switching to another cable while work is underway. Shutting off the power would help crews get the work done more quickly, Barnes said.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.