Gino DiCaro

Record heat wave gives way to cooler weather

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, Aug. 4, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The month of July was one of the hottest in recent memory.  Near the end of the month several records were set, including an all-time record demand on Monday, July 24: 50,269 Megawatts (MW).  

The July 24 record triggered a Stage Two power alert, resulting in the curtailment of power to large users with interruptible contracts.  According to the California Independent System Operator, which manages the state's electric grid, 855 MW of interruptible load was called upon.  Stage Two emergencies are declared when the statewide operating reserves drop below 5 percent.

While the state has avoided rolling blackouts since the 2000-2001 electricity crisis, the potential for outages in the next few years looms on the horizon.

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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