For Immediate Release: July 15, 2013
LIPA Has Sufficient Supply to Meet Energy Demand During Heat Wave
Customers are encouraged to use electricity efficiently during high periods of heat and humidity
Extra crews available to address heat-related outages
Uniondale, NY – With forecasts calling for hot and humid temperatures exceeding 90 degrees, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) reminds its customers to use electricity efficiently as a way to conserve energy and avoid spiking bills.
“LIPA has enough capacity available to meet the projected service-area peak demand for the forecasted heat which is expected over the next three days,” said LIPA Chief Operating Officer John McMahon. “However, we remind our customers using energy wisely over the next few days will help keep their energy bills down and help avoid heat related local outages.”
LIPA will have extra crews available to address heat-related outages in a quick and safe manner.
While LIPA expects to have sufficient supply of electricity to meet demand, everyone is still urged to use electricity wisely and conserve as much as possible.
To use energy efficiently during periods of high heat and humidity, LIPA customers should:
• Put air conditioners on timers, don’t let them run when not at home;
• Set air conditioners at 78 degrees;
• Use fans to circulate cool air, which helps cut air conditioner use;
• Set refrigerators and freezers at most efficient temperatures; and
• Run major appliances such as clothes and dishwashers in the morning or late evening to avoid the peak demand hours of 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Customers who experience an outage should call 1-800- 490-0075 or can visit LIPA’s storm center online at http://www.lipower.org/stormcenter/heat.htmlLIPA, a non-profit municipal electric provider, owns the retail electric Transmission and Distribution System on Long Island and provides electric service to more than 1.1 million customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. LIPA is the 2nd largest municipal electric utility in the nation in terms of electric revenues, 3rd largest in terms of customers served and the 7th largest in terms of electricity delivered. In 2011, LIPA outperformed all other overhead electric utilities in New York State for frequency and duration of service interruptions. LIPA does not provide natural gas service or own any on-island generating assets. More information about LIPA can be found online at http://www.lipower.org.