Skip to comments.Blackouts needless, PUC probe concludes- Study unsure if power withheld intentionally
Posted on 09/18/2002 5:11:11 AM PDT by randitaEdited on 04/13/2004 2:41:00 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
Sacramento -- California power plants that were up and running during the energy crisis could have squeezed out enough additional electricity to avoid most of the rolling blackouts that darkened the state and led to record rate increases, according to a report by state regulators.
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Yeah, but it's hard to keep them going the right direction on the treadmill.
A secondary reason that may play into this situation is that there are often EPA-mandated limitations on generating units that prevent them from being operated at their peak capability. I know of a couple of plants in Ohio that were limited, even in emergencies, from producing at full output. That was a real shame since at least one of these units was a very cost-efficient generator.
There's a third reason that there might have been a small amount of power available: Nobody was willing to pay for it. Depending on state regulations, some independent power producers may not be required to assist in emergencies. It depends not only on regulations but also on contractural agreements between the producer and the buyer.
I am upset with the Orange county Register. They picked up this story and embellished with graphics and had it on the Front Page and page 3, supposedly written by one of their writers. If it hasn't been posted perhaps I will post it later this evening! Might have something additional in it!
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