Adequate power supplies predicted for this summer

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, April 5, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

State energy officials are predicting that power supplies will be adequate this summer, but caution that the supply situation will be tight in the Southern California region.

At a recent hearing of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, Jim Detmers of the California Independent System Operator said he is "more confident" than he has "been in the past" that the state will not have major grid reliability issues.

While the state has avoided rolling blackouts since the electricity crisis of 2000-01, the potential for outages in the next few years looms on the horizon.  Last summer was one of the hottest in recent memory.  Several records were set, including an all-time record demand on July 24: 50,269 Megawatts.   

The record heat triggered a Stage Two power alert, resulting in the curtailment of power to large users with interruptible contracts.  (Stage Two emergencies are declared when the statewide operating reserves drop below five percent.)  Last year’s power curtailment underscores the extent to which grid reliability is a major concern for this summer, especially in Southern California.   

The state's economy, and the energy-intensive manufacturing sector in particular, need abundant and affordable power in order to be strong and healthy in the future and compete with businesses in other states and abroad.
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