WEATHER

Heat wave prompts cancellation of planned power outage in South Jordan

Sep 6, 2022, 6:47 PM | Updated: 7:06 pm

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — Residents in the Daybreak neighborhood said they were relieved that a planned power outage for Tuesday evening had been postponed.

Rocky Mountain Power had planned to cut electricity to nearly 550 homes from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. so that crews could complete maintenance work.

“How are people going to get their kids and their homework all done or ready for school the next day with no power? It’s really difficult,” said Daybreak resident Dafne Arballo about the now-canceled outage.

Homeowners were worried about losing power—and air conditioning—during the hottest time of the day.

Rocky Mountain Power customers concerned over planned outages during heatwave

“We don’t have very much shade on our house, to begin with, so it was just going to be scorching hot, and we were not really looking forward to that at all,” Arballo said.

Rocky Mountain Power reversed course and alerted affected customers on Friday that the outage was canceled and would be rescheduled for a later date.

“We’re going to push it into next week, early next week when temperatures are a little cooler,” said Tiffany Erickson, the utility’s spokesperson.

Erickson said they made the decision because of the high temperatures and how many people are working from home.

“It’s just really figuring out that balance and how to work with both needs: our system’s needs as well as our customers’ needs,” she said.

Erickson said that the South Jordan repair project is still critical preventative maintenance work. If they wait too long, it could set the stage for equipment to fail.

“We’re looking at an outage that would take 300 folks out for a few hours as opposed to 3,000 when something bigger breaks,” Erickson said.

While the extreme heat in the region has California warning residents of possible blackouts, Erickson said Rocky Mountain Power is not expecting any power supply or system capacity issues in Utah.

California facing chance of blackouts amid brutal heat wave

“We do extensive planning every single year to make sure that we foresee these events and that we’re prepared and that we have adequate system resources for these high-heat events,” she explained.

Even though Utah is not expecting any blackouts, customers can still help conserve electricity by keeping the air conditioning at 78 degrees and waiting to use large appliances until nighttime.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Weather

Pictured here is Gulfshore Boulevard. (City of Naples via CNN)...
Caroll Alvarado and Christina Maxouris, CNN

Floating cars, submerged buildings, no power: Floridians describe Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian, which made landfall as a Category 4 storm a little after 3 p.m. Wednesday along Florida's southwestern coast, has been battering coastal communities for hours.
2 days ago
Post-tropical storm Fiona in Irish Cova, Nova Scotia on Cape Breton Island in Canada Sept. 24, 2022...
ROB GILLIES Associated Press

Fiona washes houses away, knocks out power in Canada

Strong rain and winds are lashing the Atlantic Canada region as Fiona hits as a powerful post-tropical cyclone. Canadian forecasters are warning it could be one of the most severe storms in the country's history. Fiona made landfall in Nova Scotia before dawn Saturday after transforming from a hurricane into a post-tropical cyclone. Forecasters caution that despite the change, Fiona still has hurricane-strength winds and will bring drenching rains and huge waves. More than 500,000 customers in Atlantic Canada are affected by outages. Ocean waves pounded the town of Channel-Port Aux Basques on the southern coast of Newfoundland, where entire structures were washed into the sea.
6 days ago
A downed electricity pole on September 20, 2022 in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. Although little damage t...
DÁNICA COTO, Associated Press

Puerto Rico struggles to reach areas cut off by Fiona

Hurricane Fiona was on a track Thursday to menace Bermuda and far-eastern Canada after leaving hundreds of people stranded across Puerto Rico, where it smashed roads and bridges and caused historic flooding.
8 days ago
Cary Schwanitz

Gathering storms bring more threats for flash flooding in southern Utah, thunderstorms in north

SALT LAKE CITY — More storms are pumping into southern Utah leading to the potential for flash flooding across the southern part of Utah Tuesday and thunderstorms in northern Utah Wednesday. “Tropical moisture seeps into southeast Utah allowing for showers and storms over the next 36 hours, could see some good rain totals down there. […]
10 days ago
...
Debbie Worthen

Help available for power customers that need assistance paying high bills

Rocky Mountain Power customers are now getting August power bills and they are high. After a record hot summer, customers are now seeing the aftermath of that long string of triple-digit days.
11 days ago
This image shows a collapsed building in southern Taiwan following a powerful  earthquake on Sunday...
Rob Picheta and Eric Cheung, CNN

Tsunami warnings issued after 6.9-magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit southeastern Taiwan on Sunday, causing buildings to collapse and triggering tsunami warnings.
12 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Ask these questions before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Cloud storage technology with 3d rendering drawer with files in cloud...
PC Laptops

How backing up your computer can help you relieve stress

Don't wait for something bad to happen before backing up your computer. Learn how to protect your data before disaster strikes.
young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Types of Computer Malware and Examples...
PC Laptops

5 Nasty Types of Computer Malware and Examples | Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Computer and Family Safe

Here are the different types of computer malware and examples that could potentially infect your computer.
tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Heat wave prompts cancellation of planned power outage in South Jordan