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Re: San Francisco power outages imminent
From: Sean Donelan <sean () donelan com>
Date: 14 Jun 2000 15:18:59 -0700

    I've seen a few messages forwarded from friends at various
    SF companies, especially South of Market, saying that PG&E has
    been calling them and asking that they reduce power utilization.

The California Independent System Operator (runs the electrical grid)
has issued a stage one alert.  A stage one alert is to inform the public
of the potential for power outages, and request consumers curtail their
power consumption.

Technically a stage one alert means the electrical grid reserve is less
than 7%.  Stage two is declared when the reserve drops below 5%, and large
commercial customers with interruptible power contracts will be requested
to curtail their load.  Stage 3 is declared when the reserve drops below
1.5%, involuntary power interruptions (aka rolling brownouts and blackouts)
are probable at stage three.

CAISO is looking at the statewide load when issuing its alerts.  Individual
areas may be better or worse off.

At 2pm San Francisco Office of Emergency Services has issued this statement:

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company has notified the City of San
Francisco that PG&E will begin involuntary curtailment of electrical
service to portions of San  Francisco. These outages are necessary to
prevent collapse of the electrical power grid. Parts of San Francisco
are expected to be without power for at least an hour to an hour and
a half.

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