California power crisis eases a bit

The ISO declared its first Stage 3 emergency late Thursday, allowing the grid operator to receive emergency assistance from the Western Area Power Administration and avoid involuntary power interruptions. The Stage 3 emergency, signifying power reserves have fallen to 1.5%, was terminated at 7:30 p.m., but a Stage 2 emergency remains in effect Friday.

Dec. 7, 2000–AES Corp. confirmed it is ramping up two gas-fired power plants that had been shut down because of environmental reasons in California.

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