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Subject:   SEATTLE CITY LIGHT PREPARED FOR COLD WEATHER
For Immediate Release:   
12/17/2008  2:09:00 PM
For More Information Contact:
Scott Thomsen  (206) 386-4233


Energy Demand High - But Supply Is Sufficient For Now

SEATTLE - Seattle City Light is prepared for the winter storm that is expected to hit sometime today bringing snow followed by very cold temperatures for the Seattle area.

"We saw our energy demand peak on Monday, but it was lower than the historic high demand we reached on December 21, 1990," Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said. "Right now, our power supplies for the five-day forecast look good. Demand is about 25 percent above the average for this time of the year, but we have sufficient power generating resources to meet that demand. We will closely monitor the situation if the extreme cold continues."

When the storm hits, City Light crews are ready if there are any outages. Field maintenance is ready to chain up any vehicles if needed. Snow is generally not a problem for power delivery. Severe cold, ice and wind can become a problem and crews are preparing the necessary supplies. We also want our customers to be ready in the event of an outage. In the event of a large-scale outage, residents should be ready to fend for themselves for at least three days.

One of the best steps is to assemble an emergency kit with at least three days of food and water for each person in the family and any family pets. Other items to include are a hand-crank or battery-operated flashlight and radio, fresh batteries, a survival blanket, a first aid kit, pocket tissues and hand sanitizer wipes. For a complete list of what to include, please visit http://www.takewinterbystorm.org/.

City Light also reminds people that barbecue grills and emergency generators should never be operated indoors. Doing so could cause fatal carbon monoxide poisoning. If you lose power, dress in layers to stay warm, keep curtains closed to retain heat, keep doors closed to unused rooms and limit opening and closing outside doors to slow the loss of heat in your home.

Customers can help to reduce energy demands during the peak periods in the morning and in the evening: 6:00 - 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Residential and commercial customers can do their part to lower demand by reducing their non-essential energy uses during that time. At home, you can cut back on running a dishwasher, washing machine or dryer during the peak energy use hours. City Light always urges customers to conserve whenever they can. Using low-energy compact fluorescent light bulbs, LED (light emitting diode) holiday lights, energy efficient appliances, insulating attics and crawl spaces, reducing or eliminating drafts around doors and windows, and closing off rooms that are unused and dont need to be heated are just a few ways to conserve. For more helpful tips, please go to: http://www.seattle.gov/light/conserve/tips//



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