Richland residents beware! Due to the excessive heat, we may be experiencing rolling power outages. There is an excessive heat warning in effect through Thursday.

Credit: National Weather Service Pendleton.

According to a release:

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) transmits electricity to Richland Energy Services (RES) and other Tri-Cities utilities through a transmission system designed to meet peak and above-peak demand for power throughout the region.

Bonneville has informed the City that this week’s extreme heat is straining the regional electric energy transmission system. If total load approaches maximum system capacity, BPA will require RES to shift or shed load on its distribution system. This process helps to prevent an overload condition on BPA’s transmission system that could result in a large-scale outage.

Richland Energy Services will do everything it can to manage the load by shifting customer loads when possible. This is done behind the scenes and transfers electrical connections between distribution lines with little to no impact on citizens.

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Still, as we have record heat, I enjoy sleeping under a heated blanket. However, I do have three fans running all simultaneously. The fans we can save for another story. Lots of people can't fall asleep unless there's a fan running. Do I really need three?

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