LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Utility companies in Southern Nevada have sent out alerts asking households to conserve energy this evening.
NV Energy is urging its electric customers in both northern and southern Nevada to conserve electricity on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in order to offset energy supply issues caused by high temperatures being experienced throughout the western United States.
Valley Electric (VEA) with service in Pahrump, Amargosa Valley, and Beatty has received notification from California ISO that without significant energy conservation measures, anticipated demand will exceed available supply between 4 pm and 9 pm.
The situation is changing hour by hour, and VEA is closely monitoring. Rolling blackouts are possible in the VEA service area.
Conservation is the best way to reduce strain on the local power grid, the company says.
Effective measures to conserve energy during this time period include:
- Turn off lights
- Turn off pool pumps
- Unplug appliances not in use
- Avoid using large electrical appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, and electric clothes dryers
- Adjust the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher to reduce the use of air conditioning during this time, barring any medical issues, and use ceiling fans to cool people and pets.
- Keep the refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible
- Close window coverings to keep the heat out
- Do not charge electric vehicles between 4 and 9 p.m.
More energy-saving information is available at nvenergy.com/powershift.