CALIFORNIA ISO DECLARES A STATEWIDE STAGE TWO - April 9, 2001 : LUSENET : Grassroots Information Coordination Center (GICC) : One Thread

California Independent System Operator

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Stephanie McCorkle April 9, 2001 California ISO 1 (888) 516-NEWS


Conservation Needed as Demand Surges and Supply Tightens

(Folsom, CA) At 7:50 a.m. today, Monday, April 9, 2001, the California Independent System Operator (California ISO) called a Stage Two Emergency as operating reserves dipped below five percent.

This emergency status is partly attributable to higher electrical loads due to cold temperatures and meager winds, which has reduced available wind power generation from 1,000 megawatts to an estimated 250 megawatts.

Additional conditions that are producing tight operating reserves include:

„ „ A total of 12,421 megawatts worth of generation unavailable today with power plants off-line because of preventative repairs and plant malfunctions

„ „ An additional 3,000 megawatts of generation from the state’s qualifying facilities (QFs) remain unavailable due to continuing financial concerns

„ „ Path 15 transmission congestion because of especially high demand and low supply in Northern California

„ „ Low imported power due to higher loads in the Northwest—a region also suffering from a cold snap

With operating reserves hovering at critical levels, the California ISO requests that customers voluntarily reduce their use of electricity to prevent more severe curtailment measures. Peak demand on the transmission system is expected to reach 28,462 megawatts around 6:00 p.m. today. Today’s Stage Two declaration, expected to be in effect until midnight, enables the California ISO to access emergency resources to help maintain operating reserves.

-- PHO (, April 09, 2001



Effective 04/09/2001 10:45 the California Independent System Operator has terminated Stage 2 of the Electrical Emergency Plan.

Stage 2 has been in effect since 04/09/2001 07:50.

This message is from Market Operations at the California ISO.

This notice cancels notice 200101004

Notice issued at: 04/09/2001 10:45

-- PHO (, April 09, 2001.

What all this non-sence. You seem to be in a state of peril. No nonsence, Just shut the freaking electricity OFF in some realms. They Will Survive.

-- My Story (, April 09, 2001.

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