January 17, 2001 2:50 p.m.
the lights on:
An ongoing report of local power conditions
Blackout suspended, could resume at 6 p.m.
The rolling blackout that lasted from noon to 2 p.m. in parts of
Palo Alto was suspended at 2 p.m., but is expected to resume at
The next area of Palo Alto to be affected is part of Stanford Research
For a complete list of the city's rotating power "blocks,"
showing the order of a rolling blackout, go to the Utility Department
Web site at www.cpau.com. There
is also a link on the page to determine which block your address
is part of.
During rolling blackouts, Palo Altans can also call (650) 496-6914
for areas currently affected. For ongoing updates, check www.cpau.com
or call (650) 306-8107.
The state's Independent System Operator, which controls California's
power grid, declared a Stage Three alert at 1:45 a.m., with statewide
rolling blackouts beginning at noon. A Stage Three alert is declared
when statewide power reserves fall below 1.5 percent of capacity.
There was no immediate word on how long the rolling blackouts will