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California Expected to Meet Summer Energy Demand

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Aired 4/19/09

California should have enough power to keep the lights on and air conditioners humming this summer. The operators of the state's power grid say some voluntary conservation measures may be needed in Southern California to reduce strain on the system.  KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

The California Independent System Operator Corporation or CAL-ISO, expects the power grid to withstand summer energy demand. The assessment isn't a firm prediction of what will happen. CAL-ISO says it's a possibility of what conditions California will face when air conditioning use increases along with the temperatures.

CAL-ISO President and CEO Yakout Mansour says there will likely be days where users from Los Angeles to San Diego will be asked to voluntarily reduce electricity use.
Mansour: We will likely call upon conservation and demand response more than before, especially in Southern California. But the likelihood of a Stage 3 is still low.
Demand response is a way to manage customer demand, such as conservation, based on available supplies. Stage 3 alerts include rotating outages to prevent larger uncontrolled outages around the state. 

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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