January 11, 2001

ROSEMEAD, Calif., Jan. 11, 2001-With the possibility of rotating outages looming due to an ongoing Stage 3 Emergency declared today by the California Independent System Operator (Cal-ISO), Southern California Edison reminds everyone that good judgment and safety should be practiced during any power outage.

At the same time, Cal-ISO and SCE are making urgent appeals for all customers to immediately reduce their electricity consumption.

If rotating outages become necessary, please follow these cautionary steps:

  • Exercise extreme caution, especially at intersections where traffic signals may not be functioning; 
  • Use flashlights, not candles, if you are without lights; 
  • Turn off all electrical equipment in use at the time of a service interruption, including sensitive electronic components; 
  • Leave one light bulb turned on to signal that power has been restored; and, 
  • If possible, monitor radio and television news stations to stay informed of developments and safety instructions.

SCE and Cal-ISO, the nonprofit agency that manages 75% of California's transmission power grid and secures power supplies for most of the state's consumers, continue to urge all customers to conserve power during electrical emergencies when a power shortage exists.

If SCE is directed by Cal-ISO to implement rotating outages, the company will have less than 15 minutes in which to comply.  Customers should monitor television and radio programs for the latest developments.


An Edison International company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation's largest electric utilities, serving a population of more than 11 million via 4.3 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within central, coastal and Southern California.