Keeping the lights on: An ongoing report of local power conditions
Uploaded: Wednesday, January 17, 2001 2:50 p.m.

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 6 p.m.

The next area of Palo Alto to be affected is part of Stanford Research Park.

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 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 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 last tonight.

—Don Kazak


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