January 19, 2001 9:50 a.m.
the lights on:
An ongoing report of local power conditions
Blackouts possible today
The Palo Alto Utilities Department issued a bulletin this morning
that rolling blackouts are again possible today, with the most critical
hours being 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The city, along with other Northern California cities, suffered
rolling blackouts on Wednesday and Thursday to cope with an energy
Further blackouts might be averted for now by a decision of the
Legislature Thursday night to spend almost $1 billion to buy additional
power over the next 12 days.
If rolling blackouts resume, Block 19 on the city's grid would
be the next to be shut down. For a complete list of the blocks and
the order during a rolling blackout, consult the Utility Department's
Web site at www.cpau.com There
is also a place to click on that page to determine which block a
specific address is in.