Demand for backup generation creating backlog

The highest demand is from businesses with interruptible power contracts. But others are also installing the equipment to avoid being shutdown during involuntary outages as the state struggles just to keep the lights on. With margins teetering at 1 1/2%, the California Public Utilities Commission has refused to allow businesses in the interruptible program to opt out.

Jan. 26, 2001—Reliant Energy Inc. Friday asked federal regulators to stay a decision by the California Independent System Operator (ISO) to relax credit standards for utilities that buy power through the grid operator.

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