California Expected to Meet Summer Energy Demand
Monday, April 28, 2008
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.