Cal-ISO declares Stage 2 electrical emergency; SCE asks ‘interruptible’ customers to curtail energy use

first_img Southern Power acquiring 118-MW Oklahoma wind project developed by Vestas’ NA unit RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By chloecox – TAGSSCE Twitter Twitter An Edison International 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 To achieve load reduction during a Stage 2 Emergency, SCE activates its voluntary load curtailment program, under which large industrial, commercial, and agricultural customers have agreed to temporarily curtail electricity usage during electrical emergencies 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. Cal-ISO could direct utilities to “drop load,” necessitating involuntary rotating circuit outages for groups of customers across their service areas until sufficient reserve levels are achieved. Cal-ISO, the nonprofit agency that manages 75% of California’s transmission electrical grid and secures power supplies for most of the state’s consumers, directed SCE to request customers in its voluntary load curtailment program, representing approximately 1,400 MW-enough power to serve approximately 1.4 million homes-to reduce electrical usage. Linkedin 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 — 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 3.30.2001center_img ROSEMEAD, Calif., March 30, 2001 — The California Independent System Operator (Cal-ISO) today 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 declares Stage 2 electrical emergency; SCE asks ‘interruptible’ customers to curtail energy use Facebook Cal-ISO and SCE are making urgent appeals for all customers to immediately reduce their electricity consumption during the Stage 2 Emergency, declared at 9 a.m. and in effect until midnight. More than 11,500 megawatts (MW) of generation is unavailable Friday, according to Cal-ISO. An additional 3,000 MW of generation from California’s “qualifying facilities” remains unavailable due to financial concerns. The situation has been worsened by the loss Friday of more than 700 MW of wind generation, Cal-ISO said. Facebook Linkedin RenewablesWind Renewable project management firm Bradley acquired by Bureau Veritas Previous articleDespite California’s electric woes, restructuring continues to expand nationwideNext articlePE Volume 105 Issue 4 chloecox No posts to display CPV says it has developed 400+ MW of renewable capacity on former coal mines last_img

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