Uploaded: Wednesday, February 14, 2001 2 p.m.
the lights on:
An ongoing report of local power conditions
Rolling blackouts averted
Rolling blackouts were narrowly averted in Palo Alto and throughout
the state this morning, when the state Independent System Operator
managed to find additional power. But blackouts could occur tonight
starting as early as 4 p.m., according to the Palo Alto Utilities
Department. The peak usage period is 4 to 7 p.m.
This is the 30th consecutive day that California has been at a
Stage 3 alert, which happens when reserves drop below 1.5 percent
of needed power.
The next neighborhoods in Palo Alto to be affected when blackouts
resume are Downtown North (partial), Green Acres II (partial), Barron
Park (partial), Greenmeadow (partial) and Mayfield.
For more information, go to www.cpau.com,
the Utilities Department Web site. There is a place on that page
for residents to click to find out which "block" they are on in
the city's energy grid.