Cal-ISO Directs SCE to Curtail 'Load' for Some Customers

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Southern California Edison

    ROSEMEAD, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Independent
 System Operator (Cal-ISO) declared a Stage 2 Emergency this morning, due to
 very low power reserves, and called upon Southern California Edison and other
 investor-owned utilities to begin voluntary "load" curtailment programs for
 certain customers within their service areas.
     Cal-ISO and SCE are making urgent appeals for all customers to immediately
 reduce their electricity consumption so that reserve levels do not deteriorate
 further.
     To achieve this load reduction during Stage 2, SCE is required to activate
 its voluntary load curtailment program, under which large industrial,
 commercial, and agricultural customers have agreed to temporarily curtail
 electricity usage during an electrical emergency in exchange for reduced
 rates.
     Should the situation worsen for any reason, and power reserves drop below
 1.5%, Cal-ISO could declare a Stage 3 Emergency, the most critical status.
 Cal-ISO could direct utilities to "drop load," necessitating involuntary
 rolling blackouts for groups of customers across their service areas until
 sufficient reserve levels are achieved.
     SCE customers are asked to reduce power consumption by turning off any
 unneeded electrical appliances and lights, especially during the state's daily
 peak consumption period -- 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
 
     An Edison International (NYSE:   EIX) company, Southern California Edison is
 one of the nation's largest electric utilities, serving a population of more
 than 11 million via 4.3 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile
 service area within central, coastal and Southern California.
 
 

SOURCE Southern California Edison
    ROSEMEAD, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Independent
 System Operator (Cal-ISO) declared a Stage 2 Emergency this morning, due to
 very low power reserves, and called upon Southern California Edison and other
 investor-owned utilities to begin voluntary "load" curtailment programs for
 certain customers within their service areas.
     Cal-ISO and SCE are making urgent appeals for all customers to immediately
 reduce their electricity consumption so that reserve levels do not deteriorate
 further.
     To achieve this load reduction during Stage 2, SCE is required to activate
 its voluntary load curtailment program, under which large industrial,
 commercial, and agricultural customers have agreed to temporarily curtail
 electricity usage during an electrical emergency in exchange for reduced
 rates.
     Should the situation worsen for any reason, and power reserves drop below
 1.5%, Cal-ISO could declare a Stage 3 Emergency, the most critical status.
 Cal-ISO could direct utilities to "drop load," necessitating involuntary
 rolling blackouts for groups of customers across their service areas until
 sufficient reserve levels are achieved.
     SCE customers are asked to reduce power consumption by turning off any
 unneeded electrical appliances and lights, especially during the state's daily
 peak consumption period -- 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
 
     An Edison International (NYSE:   EIX) company, Southern California Edison is
 one of the nation's largest electric utilities, serving a population of more
 than 11 million via 4.3 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile
 service area within central, coastal and Southern California.
 
 SOURCE  Southern California Edison