California braces for latest power emergency


With 11,000 Mw of generation off line and operating reserves below 5%, the California Independent System Wednesday took the unusual step of declaring a Stage 2 electrical emergency at 7 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, shortly after issuing a Stage 1 electrical emergency at 6:20 a.m.

The ISO attributed the early Stage 2 emergency declaration to an increased demand for power Wednesday morning, about 1,000 Mw statewide above Tuesday's 7 a.m. usage. The Stage 2 alert is in effect until noon, but the ISO said it expects to maintain stability of the transmission system without asking utilities to activate voluntary load management programs.

This is the third day in a row the ISO has called a Stage 2 emergency. With demand across the California ISO control area expected to peak at 34,226 Mw at 6 p.m., the ISO said the Stage 1 electricity emergency will remain in effect until 10 p.m.

More than 11,000 Mw remain off line, including an unusually high number categorized as forced outages, the ISO reported. Several power plants are off line for scheduled maintenance or because of expired air-emission credits. Additionally, power imports from the Northwest again are down today, Cal-ISO said.

In coordination with the California Public Utilities Commission, the ISO began on site inspections Tuesday night of all power plants reporting unplanned outages have forced shutdowns.

The ISO put out a call for 3,000 Mw of power Wednesday as supplies remain tight throughout the US West and Northwest. For the second day in a row, the grid operator asked California residents to delay turning on holiday lights until 7 p.m. when peak demand on the electrical system has subsided.

ISO officials have warned should the situation worsen for any reason, and power reserves drop below 1.5%, it will have to declare a Stage 3 emergency, which has never occurred statewide in California. The ISO would direct utilities to shed load resulting in involuntary rotating blackouts for blocks of customers across their service areas until sufficient reserve levels are achieved.

Related Articles

Frac ban exemption made in Broomfield

12/12/2014 A Colorado District Court judge has ruled that a hydraulic fracturing ban in Broomfield, Colo., does not apply to an operator that entered into an ...

COGA calls frac fluid study "sound science"

12/12/2014 Chemicals used in fracturing fluid appear to be no more toxic than chemicals commonly found in homes, said an analysis by University of Colorado Bo...

Study links methane contamination in water wells to poor well construction-not fracing-in Marcellus

12/12/2014 A new study found that fugitive gas contamination at eight clusters of water wells in the Marcellus and Barnett shale regions might be linked to we...

WoodMac: US unconventional enters new stage

12/12/2014 The unconventional oil and gas revolution is entering into a new stage with drilling and completion techniques pioneered in unconventional plays no...

Santos makes gas discovery in Cooper basin

12/12/2014

Santos Ltd. has made a wet natural gas discovery in its South Australian Cooper basin permit PEL 513.

Senex moves to commercialize Cooper basin gas field

12/11/2014 Senex Energy Ltd., Brisbane, has successfully tested a sidetrack of the 2007 Vanessa-1 gas discovery in South Australia’s Cooper basin as part of i...

Crown Point reports on two Argentine exploration wells

12/11/2014 Crown Point Energy Inc., Calgary, has released test results for the first of two exploration wells at its Tierra del Fuego concessions in Argentina.

Stone drills successful Utica exploration well

12/10/2014 Stone Energy Corp., Lafayette, La., reported that its Pribble 6HU well in Wetzel County, W.Va., flowed from a 3,605-ft lateral at 30 MMcfd during t...

White Papers

What is System Level Thermo-Fluid Analysis?

This paper will explain some of the fundamentals of System Level Thermo-Fluid Analysis and demonstrate...

Accurate Thermo-Fluid Simulation in Real Time Environments

The crux of any task undertaken in System Level Thermo-Fluid Analysis is striking a balance between ti...

6 ways for Energy, Chemical and Oil and Gas Companies to Avert the Impending Workforce Crisis

As many as half of the skilled workers in energy, chemical and oil & gas industries are quickly he...
Sponsored by

AVEVA NET Accesses and Manages the Digital Asset

Global demand for new process plants, power plants and infrastructure is increasing steadily with the ...
Sponsored by

AVEVA’s Approach for the Digital Asset

To meet the requirements for leaner project execution and more efficient operations while transferring...
Sponsored by

Diversification - the technology aspects

In tough times, businesses seek to diversify into adjacent markets or to apply their skills and resour...
Sponsored by

Engineering & Design for Lean Construction

Modern marketing rhetoric claims that, in order to cut out expensive costs and reduce risks during the...
Sponsored by

Object Lessons - Why control of engineering design at the object level is essential for efficient project execution

Whatever the task, there is usually only one way to do it right and many more to do it wrong. In the c...
Sponsored by

Available Webcasts



The Future of US Refining

When Fri, Feb 6, 2015

Oil & Gas Journal’s Feb. 6, 2015, webcast will focus on the future of US refining as various forces this year conspire to pull the industry in different directions. Lower oil prices generally reduce feedstock costs, but they have also lowered refiners’ returns, as 2015 begins with refined products priced at lows not seen in years. If lower per-barrel crude prices dampen production of lighter crudes among shale plays, what will happen to refiners’ plans to export more barrels of lighter crudes? And as always, refiners will be affected by government regulations, particularly those that suppress demand, increase costs, or limit access to markets or supply.

register:WEBCAST


Oil & Gas Journal’s Forecast & Review/Worldwide Pipeline Construction 2015

When Fri, Jan 30, 2015

The  Forecast & Review/Worldwide Pipeline Construction 2015 Webcast will address Oil & Gas Journal’s outlooks for the oil market and pipeline construction in a year of turbulence. Based on two annual special reports, the webcast will be presented by OGJ Editor Bob Tippee and OGJ Managing Editor-Technology Chris Smith.
The Forecast & Review portion of the webcast will identify forces underlying the collapse in crude oil prices and assess prospects for changes essential to recovery—all in the context of geopolitical pressures buffeting the market.

register:WEBCAST



On Demand

Optimizing your asset management practices to mitigate the effects of a down market

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

The oil and gas market is in constant flux, and as the price of BOE (Barrel of Oil Equivalent) goes down it is increasingly important to optimize your asset management strategy to stay afloat.  Attend this webinar to learn how developing a solid asset management plan can help your company mitigate costs in any market.

register:WEBCAST


Parylene Conformal Coatings for the Oil & Gas Industry

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

In this concise 30-minute webinar, participants have an opportunity to learn more about how Parylene coatings are applied, their features, and the value they add to devices and components.

register:WEBCAST


Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!

 

Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected