A few days ago, a notice was hung on our door from Rocky Mountain Power that our power would be shut down tomorrow from 9 am to 3 pm.
Given that today we are in an excessive heat warning and tomorrow a heat advisory, with a forecast high of 97˚F, this seems like an incredibly foolish time to shut down power. We have options to leave the house during that period, but I wonder about neighbors and the notice warns that "unexpected difficulties may extend the outage."
Although they claim that "poor weather may cause the work to be cancelled or postponed," this has not happened yet. I checked with Rocky Mountain Power via Twitter last night and they are still planning on shutting down the power. Their response..."sorry for the inconvenience."
I hope they will reconsider this shutdown as it is both reckless and foolhardy to have it this week. It's not like they don't have the ability to monitor and adapt to the weather. They have done power shutoffs for fire-weather conditions and, according to their press releases have a meteorologist and emergency management team to monitor evolving weather systems.
Rocky Mountain Power has been slow to respond to climate change, has fought residential solar, and as of last year still got over 50% of their power from coal. I guess I shouldn't be surprised.