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ISO Predicting Plenty Of Power This Summer

There should be enough electric power this summer to meet the state´s needs, according to the just released California Independent System Operator power outlook report.

Officials from the ISO, which controls the state´s power grid, say they are cautiously optimistic that rotating blackouts will be avoided.

ISO Director of grid operations Jim McIntosh said Tuesday, power officials´ biggest worry is a statewide heat wave.

Barring any extreme weather conditions and/or major generation or transmission outages, the ISO predicts there will be adequate electricity resources available to meet forecasted summer 2002 peak demands and minimum operating reserve requirements.

According to McIntosh, the state´s worst case scenario is that the weather heats up in Southern California and Northern California at the same time.

He is predicting hydro-electric power generating will be at 90 percent capacity this year because of a better snow pack situation. The state also expects 4,300 megawatts of new power generation to come on-line before summer starts.

The ISO is calling for all state residents to conserve power as the most effective way to help prevent rolling blackouts again this year.