California PUC issues restraining order against SoCal, PG&E

Commission Pres. Loretta Lynch said the agency became concerned recent actions by the two utilities could undermine their service obligation. She said the commission learned Thursday the utilities stated to the Electricity Oversight Board and the California Independent System Operator (ISO) they would not schedule service except to those customers they could serve with power from their own generating plants.

Jan. 19, 2001—Gasoline could be in short supply in California after a major products pipeline with an interruptible electricity supply contract was shut down for almost 3 straight days. With California’s power crisis spreading, inventories were building at some refineries that were unable to ship gasoline through the idle pipeline to distribution points in the state.

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