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Date: Aug. 31, 2007

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

Lodi Electric Utility continues to ask customers to curb demand

LODI -- The state agency that oversees California's power grid has declared Friday a "Flex Alert Day," the third day in a row it has urged consumers to conserve energy.

Wednesday and Thursday were declared "Flex Alert Days" by the California Independent System Operator. The California ISO declared a Stage 1 Emergency, indicating dwindling power supplies, on Wednesday, but conservation efforts by state power users on Thursday prevented a second Stage 1 alert.

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.

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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