January 18, 2001 1:40 p.m.
the lights on:
An ongoing report of local power conditions
Rolling blackout is lifted
Today's rolling blackout in Palo Alto lasted from 10:30 a.m. until
But there is "a very high likelihood" of an additional rolling
blackout later today or tonight, said Linda Clerkson, public relations
manager of the Palo Alto Utilities Department.
The city didn't get a lot of warning, either. "They gave us 30
seconds notice," Clerkson said of the Independent System Operator
(ISO), which controls the state's power grid.
"It is incredibly stressful," she added. "A lot of customers would
like more notice (of pending blackouts), but unfortunately we don't
This morning's blackout affected Block 12, 18, part of 16, and
Block 5. If blackouts resume today, Blocks 19, 15 and then 17 would
be next in line.
From 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the city had to reduce energy use
by 8.4 percent, which was twice the reduction during Wednesday's
But that was reduced to 4.5 percent between 11:30 and noon, when
the blackout was lifted. If it resumes later today, the city would
have to reduce usage by 4.1 percent, the same as Wednesday.
For further information, check the Utilities Department Web page
at www.cpau.com or call (650)
496-6914. There is a place on the Web page to determine which electric
grid "block" a street address is in. The page also includes the
rotation order of the blocks in the rolling blackouts.