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Energy Use Spikes as Hotter Temperatures Hit the Southland

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Angelenos are reacting to the hotter temperatures today by using more energy. So much, in fact, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power sent out a note urging conservation. "Any time energy demand exceeds this level we need to begin conserving wherever possible, while not jeopardizing anyone's health or safety," said Raman Raj, LADWP Chief Operating Officer. "Saving power not only conserves energy but also reduces the possibility of strain on power system infrastructure." Today, energy demand reached 5,268 megawatts. Tomorrow, when temperatures will exceed 100 degrees in the Valley, it's expected to reach up to 5,600.