January 17, 2001 1:54 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 alert was declared at 1:45 a.m. 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 transmission system.
A Stage Three alert is called when operating reserves fall below
1 and one-half percent capacity.
Block 7 lost power from noon to 1 p.m. Between 1 and 2 p.m., Block
14 and part of Block 13 were taken off the grid. Block 12 is scheduled
to lose power at 2 p.m. 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. That
page includes information on to determine which grid block your
address is in.