SCE Speaks Up On Planned Power Outages
PALM SPRINGS- Southern California Edison officials explain why planned outages are needed in the summer. Video by kmir6.comvideo
COACHELLA VALLEY- Over the past several weeks residents have been up in arms over planned power outages across the valley because the outages are happening during the heat of the summer.
KMIR6 sat down with officials from Southern California Edison officials who explained why they plan outages in triple digit heat.
"We try to do many upgrades in cooler months," said Lin Juniper, a spokesperson for the company. However, she said, SCE will plan an outage for the following reasons: to fix a problem, customer upgrades and/or new infrastructure.
A planned outage will be cancelled depending on weather or other factors, such as not having the necessary amount of crews available.
SCE officials say they do not compensate customers for the inconveniences they experience during outages, such as having to spend the night in a hotel.
When asked how the company justifies having the power off for prolonged periods, Juniper said "unforeseen reasons" can keep the outage going.
Officials also say customers should treat the outage as an emergency, and they say they have been able to reduce the number of unplanned outages because of the upgrades they make during the planned outages.
For more information about how you can prepare for a planned outage visit http://www.sce.com/info/PowerOutages/OutageBasics/PlannedOutages.htm