PGE braces for high heat, urges customers to be ready for potential outages

PGE's Dispatchable Stand by Generators

With forecasts again calling for an extended period with unusually high temperatures, Portland General Electric (PGE) said in a press release that it is preparing for high electricity demand as customers try to stay cool in the days ahead. 

The utility said its generation fleet is ready to serve, including its Dispatchable Standby Generation (see image). 

PGE reminds the public that it makes continuous updates to its system to ensure the grid operates safely and reliably and adds that it is actively monitoring weather and taking steps to ensure its system will perform as expected. These steps include using high-tech infrared monitoring of distribution operations that can alert PGE to potential problems before they occur. Extra cooling systems are on standby, ready to be activated on essential distribution equipment. PGE will also stand up a command center, as needed, since extreme heat over an extended period can place extra stress on electrical equipment that can lead to power outages. 

PGE urges customers to be prepared for the high heat and potential power outages. Customers can find tips on making an outage kit, staying safe and cool, and food safety tips on its website.

The company also encourages customers to check in on neighbors and relatives who may be especially affected by the heat and help them develop a backup plan to stay cool. 

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