Avista conducting rolling blackouts across Spokane Tuesday afternoon

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Avista customers in Spokane will experience power outages on Tuesday. 

The utility company will be conducting rolling blackouts in an effort to conserve power, as record-breaking temperatures put a strain on their equipment. 

Spokane is on track to set an all-time record with a high of 108 degrees on Tuesday afternoon. 

Avista conducted blackouts on Monday, but said they were unable to alert the public.

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“We saw our equipment get to our limits much earlier than we expected which caused us to reduce load for some of our customers,” said Sr. Vice President of Energy Delivery Heather Rosenstrater during a news conference Monday night. 

They have started communicating with customers who will be affected Tuesday; the utility company sent phone alerts Tuesday morning. 

People living in north Spokane (Five Mile, Northeast/Hillyard, Francis in the area of Maple/Ash), and the western side of the South Hill will experience the rolling power outages for about an hour at a time. These will be conducted between the hours of 1 and 8 p.m. 

Avista did ask customers to conserve power when they can, especially during that 1-8 p.m. time frame. They recommend pre-cooling homes, turning up air conditioning by a few notches, reducing the use of heat producing appliances (dishwashers, ovens, dryers) and using an outdoor BBQ instead of cooking on the range.  

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