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 todayâ€™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 â€œrotating blackoutsâ€ 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.