District drops program that cut AC during heat

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LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — A week after air-conditioning was cut off to some campuses during a heat wave, an Orange County school district is dropping out of an energy-savings program run by Southern California Edison.

The discount plan allows the company to turn off cooling systems when there is high demand.

But the Orange County Register reports Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1vhnlvc ) the program backfired as temperatures reached triple digits and students were left sweltering inside classrooms at some Saddleback Valley Unified schools.

Some parents worried about their children's safety and complained that they shouldn't have been forced to endure the heat.

School officials say in the last four years the program has saved the district some $1.2 million.

Power company spokesman David Song says the savings program is popular among residential and commercial customers.


Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

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