For immediate release: May 15, 2001
Media Contact: Percy Della -- (916) 654-4989

Workshop to Tackle Effects of Blackouts on Sensitive Machines

Attention: Business and Science Editors:

What: The catastrophic effects of poor power quality -- like a sudden voltage sag or a blackout -- on sensitive manufacturing equipment, especially for high tech applications, will be explored at a one-day class in Palo Alto.

When: 8:a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 18, 2001

Where: Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), 3412 Hillview, Palo Alto, California

Who: Expected to participate are representatives of large commercial and industrial customers within the Pacific Gas and Electric Company service area. PG&E will host the class at EPRI in conjunction with the California Energy Commission.

Why: The class seeks to educate managers of manufacturing and high-tech companies about the dangers of poor power quality on sensitive equipment and products. It also is targeted to instruct participants about the benefits of having an early understanding of poor power quality when installing energy efficient devices to make them compatible with existing equipment. Compatibility between electricity and machines is essential since improperly placed energy efficient motors and adjustable drives and even some lighting devices can cause equipment to malfunction in times of poor power quality.

For further class information, contact:
Dave Rigney, 650-855-2419 or by e-mail at:

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