Will the Last Californian Please Turn On the Lights

We’re back in a Stage 2 power emergency here in sweltering southern California:

The California Independent System Operator Corporation (California ISO) issued a Stage Two Emergency at 1:00 p.m. today, July 24, 2006 with operating reserves forecast to dip below five percent over today’s peak. Large commercial customers that have contracted with the utilities to curtail power during high demand days have been asked to do so. If an operating reserve of less than one-and-a-half percent is unavoidable, a Stage Three will be initiated. Involuntary curtailments of service to customers including “rotating blackouts” are possible during this stage of emergency declaration.

On the bright side, the last Californian won’t have to off the lights: They’ll already be off.


  1. fartikus says:

    it must be said that things here are a lot better than elsewhere in the US and much better than in california in 2001.
    so far blackouts have been quite limited in scope and duration. compare this to st louis, queens, etc.
    note that this is happening while californians are setting records for power consumption.
    after 2001 there was a real push to develop more power infrastructure in california and it seems to be mostly a success – as far as i know, california is now a net exporter of power to its neighbors, impressive considering the continued growth in population in the state.