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[cdn-nucl-l] Conservation or energy crises? CALIFORNIA ON VERGE OF BALCKOUTS
Why is this an energy crises?
Isn't this what energy conservation is all about? We just need more
Barry Commoner would be so happy.
----- Original Message -----
From: Gene Cramer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Multiple recipients of list ans-pie <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, December 08, 2000 2:26 PM
Subject: Energy Looking Glass 2000dec8 CALIFORNIA ON VERGE OF BALCKOUTS
> CALIFORNIA ENERGY CRISIS: ON THE VERGE OF BLACKOUTS
> Orange County CA REGISTER 2000dec8 front page
> picture of inside aisles of Costco food warehouse dimly lit.
> California's first ever Stage 3 alert was called, freeing
> emergency >federal< power supplies, as fifteen hundred companies (with
> interruptible rates) were again told to reduce consumption. (Main article
> is what spokespeople for companies said).
> Stage 3 alert was when reserves fell below 1,000megawatts, even though the
> peak was 31,604 -- well below last winter's peak of 34,600.
> Next Monday is feared because winter freezing temperatures are expect to
> hit Pacific Northwest, which will then have no power to export.
> Governor Gray Davis spoke with various officials seeking ways to ease the
> crisis. Environmental standards were relaxed to allow plants such as
> Huntington Beach LLC (an AES Corp. plant) to fire up , shut down since
> mid-November. At $40/MBTU natural gas, these plants cannot make a profit
> selling electricity with price caps of $250/MWhr (25 cents /kwhr)