January 17, 2001 1:14 p.m.
the lights on:
An ongoing report of local power conditions
Rolling blackouts hit Palo Alto
Rolling blackouts went into effect at noon today in Palo Alto,
starting with "Block 7," which includes the area around the Palo
Alto Arts Center. A statewide stage three emergency was declared
at 1:45 a.m. this monrning by the California Independent System
Operator, which is charged with managing the flow of electricity
along the long-distance, high-voltage power lines that make up the
bulk of California's transimission system.
A stage three emergency is called when operating reserves fall
below 1 and one-half percent capacity.
Updates on the situation, and information on which blocks are affected,
can be found at the city Utility Department's Web site at www.cpau.com.