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    Heat and wildfires put strain on Idaho Power grid. Here’s how customers can help


    September 7, 2022 - Jim Keyser, The Idaho Statesman

     

      The combination of excessive late-summer heat and wildfires in the region is causing a strain on the electricity grid, Idaho Power said on social media Tuesday, and the utility is asking customers to do what they can to “lighten the load.”

      Idaho Power requested that customers to try to lessen their energy use until 9 p.m. each day, while saying on Twitter that it was “working hard to keep up with demand.”

      The tweet contained a link to electricity-saving tips.

      There are several wildfires burning in Idaho, including in the Sawtooth area. Temperatures in Southwest Idaho exceeded 100 degrees Tuesday, after doing so Friday and Saturday, and are expected to do the same Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

      ©2022 The Idaho Statesman. Visit idahostatesman.com. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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