APS readies for AZ wildfires, summer heat - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

APS readies for AZ wildfires, summer heat

(Source: CBS 5 News) (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Arizona Public Service reassured customers Thursday that it's prepared to meet customer demand as summer heat and wildfires loom.

"With nearly 20,000 miles of overhead power lines around the state, the potential threat of wildfires to our system is very real to us," said Pat Dinkel, vice president of APS transmission and distribution operations.

The National Interagency Fire Center said conditions caused by a dry winter are expected to result in a rapid increase in wildfire potential in eastern Arizona beginning in May. Above-normal fire risk is expected for much of the Southwest United States in June and July, the agency said.

This summer, APS has forecast a peak of 6,992 megawatts, compared with the 2013 summer peak of 6,927 MW, which occurred on July 8, when the Phoenix high temperature reached 113 degrees.

APS said between its existing generation and power-supply contracts, it has 9,186 MW of resources available to help meet summer demand.

The summer peak - the 15-minute period when APS customers require the most energy - typically occurs in July or August between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The all-time APS system peak of 7,236 MW was set on July 21, 2006.

APS personnel are available 24 hours a day to assist customers and coordinate restoration efforts. In the event of large-scale customer outages, the company utilizes its Twitter feed, @apsFYI, to provide real-time updates to its customers and other key audiences.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Boil water notice lifted for parts of Laurel

    Boil water notice lifted for parts of Laurel

    Friday, January 19 2018 7:37 PM EST2018-01-20 00:37:08 GMT
    Boil water notice lifted for portions of Laurel; Photo Source: City of Laurel Gov't Facebook PageBoil water notice lifted for portions of Laurel; Photo Source: City of Laurel Gov't Facebook Page

    City officials have lifted a boil water notice for portions of Laurel.  

    More >>

    City officials have lifted a boil water notice for portions of Laurel.  

    More >>
  • Lady Eagles deal 1st-place UAB 1st C-USA loss

    Lady Eagles deal 1st-place UAB 1st C-USA loss

    Friday, January 19 2018 6:53 PM EST2018-01-19 23:53:49 GMT
    USM (9-9, 2-3), which saw a two-game winning streak snapped. (Photo source: USM)USM (9-9, 2-3), which saw a two-game winning streak snapped. (Photo source: USM)

    The University of Southern Mississippi Lady Eagles defeated the University of Alabama-Birmingham 80-63 Thursday night at Bartow Arena. It was USM’s most decisive win over the Lady Blazers in 11 years, and handed first-place UAB its first Conference USA loss of the year.

    More >>

    The University of Southern Mississippi Lady Eagles defeated the University of Alabama-Birmingham 80-63 Thursday night at Bartow Arena. It was USM’s most decisive win over the Lady Blazers in 11 years, and handed first-place UAB its first Conference USA loss of the year.

    More >>
  • State maintains "B" grade for efforts to fight human trafficking

    State maintains "B" grade for efforts to fight human trafficking

    Friday, January 19 2018 6:18 PM EST2018-01-19 23:18:40 GMT
    The group, Advocates for Freedom, has put up billboards like this across Mississippi to bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking. Source: WDAM.The group, Advocates for Freedom, has put up billboards like this across Mississippi to bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking. Source: WDAM.

    For the fifth year in a row, a national organization has given Mississippi a "B" grade for its efforts to fight human trafficking.  Shared Hope International, based in Vancouver, Washington, issues an annual state report card on human trafficking laws. It says Mississippi has effective laws, but should make human trafficking training for law enforcement mandatory, rather than voluntary.  Some people in the Hattiesburg area who work to increase awareness of human...

    More >>

    For the fifth year in a row, a national organization has given Mississippi a "B" grade for its efforts to fight human trafficking.  Shared Hope International, based in Vancouver, Washington, issues an annual state report card on human trafficking laws. It says Mississippi has effective laws, but should make human trafficking training for law enforcement mandatory, rather than voluntary.  Some people in the Hattiesburg area who work to increase awareness of human...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly