Mylar balloons can cause power outages
The one thing you see a lot around graduation season? Glossy Mylar balloons – a popular and festive way to celebrate new graduates! What few people realize, though, is that if revelers don’t securely hold or tether the shiny bouquets, they can leave people in the dark.
Each year, flyaway Mylar balloons cause up to 80 power outages in SRP’s service territory, which can impact tens of thousands of customers. They can also cause fires, damage property or people can be injured.
Weather balloon rises up to 75,000 feet to help SRP plan summer operations
If you happen to look up around 4:30 p.m. — or, if you’re a morning person, 4:30 a.m. — near SRP’s headquarters in Tempe, you might see a big white balloon taking flight.
But it’s not just any balloon. It’s a weather balloon that helps forecast high temperatures and storms in the Valley — a forecast essential to SRP’s summer operations.
Don’t be caught by surprise during unpredictable weather
Metro Phoenix got its first hint of summer monsoons Monday night, with some lightning, particularly in the East Valley. And, as residents brace for monsoon season ahead, SRP is prepared to handle the heat and storms. We plan for the extreme weather throughout the year by maintaining our transmission and distribution systems to ensure reliability.
If there is an outage, SRP alerts you via email or text when your home or business is in an affected area. We also let you know (see details below to sign up) when power is restored.
Temporary reduction in July and August will save typical electric customer more than $15
SRP’s Board of Directors has approved an overall average 3.7 percent decrease in electricity prices for the two hottest months of this year. The decrease will save the typical residential customer about $7.60 per month, or about a combined $15.20 for the July and August billing cycles.
SRP’s publicly elected board made the decision during a special meeting June 23.