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Dear LA; It's 109 Degrees, You're Using Too Much Energy, So Cut It Out

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With temperatures soaring past 100 degrees in the Valley and with other parts of Los Angeles feeling sticky, it's no surprise that energy use spiked yesterday.

"The energy peak topped out at 5509 megawatts, making it the second highest June load on record," stated an LA Department of Water & Power press release from today that "urges" residents to conserve energy. "The record load for June is 5531 megawatts, set on June 28, 2006. The energy demand is expected to be even higher today-more than 5700 megawatts. The all-time record peak demand is 6165 megawatts, set on July 24, 2006."

Armed with that information, LADWP CEO & General Manager David Nahai is saying the usual: "It's incumbent upon all L.A. residents and businesses to look at ways they can save energy while making sure they do not jeopardize their health and safety."

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As for Nahai's personal water usage at his 6,012-square foot Benedict Canyon mansion, he's not disclosing it... at least not yet, which is a violation of law (California Public Records Act) according to LA City Beat's Alan Mittelstaedt who put in a request for the records and did not receive any response within the legal time allotted.