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[cdn-nucl-l] Calif: Stage 3 Electrical Emergency, Rotating Blackouts today
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From: Gene Cramer <email@example.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list ans-pie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, March 19, 2001 7:01 PM
Subject: EnLG 2001mar19 Rotating Blackouts
> 03/19/01 Subject: Stage 3 Electrical Emergency
> To: All SCE Employees
> At a moment's notice around noon today, Cal-ISO declared a Stage 3
> electrical emergency for California and directed us to reduce our demand
> a consequence of extremely tight power supplies in the state. Accordingly,
> we have begun a series of controlled rotating outages that will continue
> until Cal-ISO notifies us that they can sustain power levels above 1.5% of
> energy demand.
> Cal-ISO initially requested 210 MW of electrical load to be interrupted.
> At about 12:40 p.m., an additional 210 MW were requested. In all,
> approximately 200,000 customers have been affected in portions of Los
> Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Kern and Tulare counties.
> Similar interruptions are occurring elsewhere throughout the state in
> PG&E's and SDG&E's service areas (including the CPUC building in San
> Francisco). State regulators have exempted only specifically designated
> classes of customers that provide essential public health, safety, and
> security services
> Rotating outages are temporary and scheduled to last approximately one
> hour, but could be shorter or longer, depending upon circumstances.
> We are in contact with municipal authorities and the news media to keep
> public informed, to encourage conservation, and to promote safety
> awareness. Please remember to turn your computer off before you leave work
> this evening. And continue conserving power at home by restricting your
> use of nonessential appliances during the early morning and early evening
> when demand is heavy.
> We will keep you informed of major developments.
> Meanwhile, I urge you to exercise extreme caution during this electrical
> emergency and be sure that your families and friends are aware of these
> safety tips:
> Minimize driving in an outage area, if at all possible. If you must
> drive through a controlled outage area, be particularly careful at
> intersections controlled by traffic lights, since the lights may not
> be functioning.
> Turn off appliances, machinery, and equipment in use in your home if
> the power goes out. Leave one light on to indicate when the power has
> been restored to prevent injuries that could occur if machinery and
> equipment were to suddenly restart. This will also prevent circuits
> from overloading when power is restored.
> Use flashlights, not candles, if you are without lights.
> If possible, monitor radio and television news to stay informed of
> developments and safety instructions.
> Stephen E. Frank Chairman, President and CEO Southern California Edison