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Re: California hits stage 3 power emergency
On Wed, 17 January 2001, Matt Clauson wrote: > PG&E started with "block 3" (look on your power bill for what block number > you are) -- assuming 1 hour per blackout, and they go through the block > numbers in sequence, you have an idea of when you'll get hit. Anyone have > an idea of how many PG&E blocks there are? PG&E has divided its service area into 14 blocks of 550 megawatts. Other utility companies, such as City of Palo Alto ( http://www.cpau.com ), have their own blocks. If you share a circuit with a "critical action" (i.e. hospital, fire station) you will not have a rolling blackout code. The utility avoids interrupting service to those facilities. However, they may still experience an uncontrolled blackout if the grid fails. All Internet facilities in California, which I checked, appear to be operating normally. Calling around, some folks are or have been on emergency generator power, but this has not affected customer service so far.