EXECUTIVE ORDER D-15-00


WHEREAS, the California Energy Commission has determined that California faces potentially severe shortages of electricity this summer that could extend into the summers of 2001 and possibly 2002; and

WHEREAS, the California Independent System Operator (ISO), a not-for-profit corporation, is responsible for managing the State electrical power grid; and

WHEREAS, during periods of peak demand the California Independent System Operator (ISO) may declare in progressive stages an Electrical Emergency, depending upon the amount of reserve generation available to the California electrical grid; and

WHEREAS, conscientious management practices at State facilities can reduce energy consumption; and

WHEREAS, during periods in which electrical demand puts strains on the electric systems of the state's utilities every effort to reduce energy demand and increase needed electricity supplies is critical to ensuring the stability of the electrical grid; and

WHEREAS, the state's effort to lead, shed electrical loads, and encourage load shedding by other consumers can have an important impact on statewide energy supplies and reduce the seriousness of some future situations; and

WHEREAS, if local and federal government facilities, business and residential consumers followed the State's lead during an emergency and similarly reduced their power by two to three percent or more, many severe electricity emergencies could be averted.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GRAY DAVIS, Governor of the State of California, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the State of California, do hereby issue this order to become effective immediately:

  1. Direct the State and Consumer Services Agency in consultation with the Department of General Services; the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency in consultation with the Department of Transportation; the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency in consultation with the Department of Corrections and the Youth Authority; and the Resources Agency in consultation with the Department of Water Resources to immediately institute energy conservation measures that will reduce energy consumption during stage II and stage III electrical emergencies.
  2. Direct the aforementioned agencies and departments, under the leadership of the State and Consumer Services Agency to coordinate response efforts for any future electrical emergencies, to monitor the effectiveness of responses and to develop training programs for State facility managers.
  3. Direct the State and Consumer Services Agency in consultation with the Department of General Services and the Office of Emergency Services to develop and implement a comprehensive communications strategy to ensure that critical information regarding any energy emergency accurately and quickly flows from the utilities to the agencies of State government and their facility managers.