For immediate release: May 23, 2001
Contact: Percy Della (916) 654-4989

Energy Commission to Conduct Training Exercise to Test Electricity Notification System

What: The California Energy Commission will conduct a training exercise to test its dialogic computer system to notify state, local and federal agencies of imminent energy emergencies.

Where: California Energy Commission, Hearing Room A, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento

When: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2001

Who: Expected at the training exercise are representatives of local governments, federal agencies, special districts, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, the California Independent System Operator and the Department of General Services.

The participants will discuss and agree to emergency notification messages. They will also review the new procedures being implemented by the Energy Commission in the event of an ISO declared Stage 2 and 3 electrical emergency. The messages to be sent by phone, pager and e-mail will ask the agencies to reduce electric usage in their respective buildings and facilities.

So far, about 800 cities, counties, special districts and federal agencies have signed up for the Commission's notification system, with more expected to sign up as the summer approaches.

Why: The exercise is part of California's effort to evaluate the effectiveness of this new notification system. It implements an Executive Order by Governor Gray Davis to set up a communications system to urge participating agencies to conserve power in times of peak demand.

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