California faces potential for blackouts again

Transmission lines running from southern to northern California are at full capacity, said Jim McIntosh, ISO director of scheduling, and “if we don’t get Northwest power we are going to have to cut firm power.”

Dec. 14, 2000–With the California Independent System Operator operating under its 31st Stage 2 electricity emergency declared just after midnight Thursday, state regulators said they would reconsider calls by California utilities to lift a rate freeze that is edging them toward insolvency.

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