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NEWS ADVISORY

Date: Aug. 30, 2007

Contact: Communications Specialist Jeff Hood (209) 333-6801; Electric Utility Director George Morrow (209) 333-6762.

Lodi Electric Utility calls on customers to curb power demand

LODI -- A late-summer heat wave is straining the state's electricity supplies, prompting the agency that oversees California's power grid to urge consumers to conserve energy, especially between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30.

Wednesday and Thursday were declared "Flex Alert Days" by the California Independent System Operator, which expects those days to have the highest electricity demands of the summer.

The California ISO and all electric utilities in the state are closely monitoring the status of the state's electric system during the hot weather. In the event the state's power reserves drop below desired levels, various emergency stages may be declared by the California ISO. The ISO declared a Stage 1 Emergency from 3:20 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. Wednesday because of high power demand.

Although service interruptions are not anticipated in Lodi, the city's customers are encouraged to reduce their energy use by setting thermostats at 78 degrees or higher, cool with fans, draw drapes to block sunlight, turn off unnecessary lights and appliances, and refrain from using large appliances until late at night or early morning.

For up-to-date information about the state's power supply, visit www.caiso.com.

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