PORTLAND, Ore. — A new heat dome settling in over the region this week will again have residents seeking ways to stay cool and Pacific Power wants to remind customers how to beat the heat, use less energy and save money.
Be safe, look out for neighbors. With sweltering temperatures, you need to protect yourself. Drink plenty of water and stay out of the sun as much as possible. Also check on any neighbors who may have limited contact with others and may need a fan or other assistance such as transportation to a cooling center.
Heat waves are something the region experiences each year, although this year has been extraordinary. From a power supply perspective, we do not anticipate heat-related service interruptions during this current heat wave. In addition to regular maintenance and equipment upgrades, Pacific Power, as part of PacifiCorp, can access a diverse mix of available energy resources – solar, wind, hydro and thermal – which is key to fulfilling our promise of reliability and stability.
Still, extreme weather – either summer heat or winter storms – has the potential to produce localized outages. We’re closely monitoring the system and will respond promptly if an outage of any nature occurs.
For comfort and convenience, we offer these tips for staying cool:
If you are concerned about your power bill, call us now. We can set up a payment plan or refer you to local agencies for bill assistance. As a reminder to our customers, Pacific Power is not disconnecting customers who are behind on bills and has maintained that policy since March of 2020. In any case, the company generally suspends disconnects during extreme weather. We have instituted a number of programs to help customers get back on track with their bills. To find out more, call us any time at 1-888-221-7070.