Archive for Sunday, June 28, 1998

UTILITIES GEAR UP FOR HEAT

June 28, 1998

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Kansans are firing up their air conditioners as the heat continues; power plants are keeping up with demand.

It's hot, it's humid and it's going to stay that way.

With forecasts in the 90s all week, Lawrence is looking at a sweltering week. To escape, most people will be running their air conditioners.

Power use across the state is high. Robin Lampe with Western Resources said that they were keeping a close eye on demand, but they weren't struggling to meet it on Saturday.

``All of our available units are operating at full capacity,'' she said.

On Friday, Western Resources had some units down, and combined with the heat, had asked customers with interruptible service agreements to curtail their use from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, she said, they had stopped that request.

Even though the some plants had trouble, power plants in Baldwin and Ottawa reported no difficulties meeting demand on Saturday.

``We're keeping up with everything here,'' Baldwin Mayor Stan Krysztof said.

An employee of the plant said generators were running 17 to 18 hours a day, instead of the normal 12 to 14.

On Saturday, Lawrence had a high of 95.

``That's not going to change a lot, unfortunately,'' Wes Etheredge, with Weather Data Inc., said.

He said that the temperature would stay hot and humid through the week.

Today should have a high of 96 degrees with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms in the late evening.

Lampe said that there was no power shortage, but reminded KPL customers to conserve energy to keep their electric bill down .

Lampe gave a few tips for keeping the electric bill as low as possible :

  • Set the thermostat between 70 and 80 degrees.
  • Don't change temperature setting.
  • Keep blinds or drapes closed to keep the sun from heating up the house.
  • Run large appliances before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m. so they don't heat up the house during the hottest part of the day.

-- Felicia Haynes' phone message number is 832-7173. Her e-mail address is fhaynes@ljworld.com.

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