University of California, San Diego


July 26, 2006

ALL AT UCSD (Including UCSD Medical Center)


Below is a message just received from SDG&E. Due to the threatening fires, we are being instructed to go to Stage II mode here at UCSD. Following the SDG&E email is a description of what Stage II means and what you should do to conserve, save, and protect sensitive work and research.


There are two major transmission lines that serve SDG&E's customers that are currently being threatened by fires. The Horse Fire is burning about six miles away from SDG&E's Southwest Powerlink (SWPL). Another brushfire in the Camp Pendleton area is burning about 175 acres under the transmission lines that deliver power to the south from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). If the fire affects our transmission lines from the north, we would need to initiate rolling blackouts.

SDG&E transmission crews are on the scene of the fire at Camp Pendleton, which is burning near Las Pulgas and Stuart Mesa Roads and they are working closely with fire officials. At this time, there are no outages to customers related to these fires. For the fourth time in a week, SDG&E has activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) - this time due to the possibility of a transmission emergency. The EOC has been activated in case load curtailment is needed.

SDG&E is urging customers and employees to continue their conservation efforts including:

* Turn off all unnecessary lights (in empty conference rooms, break rooms, cubicles and bathrooms).

* Keep blinds closed during periods of direct sunlight.

* Make the most of daylight during periods of indirect sunlight.

* Set all computers and monitors to sleep mode when not in use.

* Turn off personal printers when not in use, and reduce the number of printers left on for general use.

* At the end of the day, turn off all energy-using devices, such as lights, kitchen equipment, computers, monitors, printers, copiers and plotters.

* Keep doors (and operable windows) closed.

* Cut down on the use of personal electrical devices, such as microwaves, radios and fans.

* Turn off coffee makers after coffee is made.

* Use stairs instead of elevators.

Please remember to turn off any unneeded office equipment such as copiers or faxes.

People who are temperature sensitive can visit Cool Zones throughout the county. To get more information on saving energy, or the energy situation please visit http://www.sdge.com.



We have been notified that an Electrical Stage 2 Emergency has been issued and will remain in effect until midnight tonight unless replaced by a Stage 3 alert. A Stage 2 Emergency is declared when, in the judgment of the ISO, the reliability of electric transmissions is in danger of instability, voltage collapse or under-frequency caused by transmission or generation trouble in the ISO Control Area. It is important to note that a Stage 2 Emergency may be declared in an effort to preclude a Stage 3 Emergency before it occurs. Little or no notice is given to UCSD when a Stage 3 is issued by the ISO/SDG&E so protect and save your sensitive data/research now.

Please go to http://blink.ucsd.edu/go/energy for more information.

You may also monitor, in real time, the Stage Emergency alert status by going directly to SDG&E's "Today's Electric Situation" webpage at http://www.sdge.com/news/today_electrical_situation.shtml. Alerts are posted here immediately.

This ListServ Electrical Stage alert message is being sent to subscribing and key campus personnel. If you know someone who should be added to our ListServ notification please forward this email to them. You can subscribe to our electricalstagealerts-l ListServ at http://blink.ucsd.edu/go/listserv.

The ISO will issue warnings in three stages and UCSD will relay these warnings to the campus. We urge you to take the following actions at each stage:

* Stage 1 - Voluntary load reduction: Turn off all unnecessary lights and equipment within your control (fans, coffee machines, microwaves, etc.). If possible, do not start sensitive work.

* Stage 2 - Forced load reduction: UCSD will engage a global load- shedding program to reduce air conditioning loads in non-critical areas. Safely secure all sensitive work.

* Stage 3 - Blackout is imminent: This is your last chance to safely secure and save sensitive work.

Complete ISO/SDG&E's Electrical Stage Emergency definitions can be found on http://blink.ucsd.edu/go/energy.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Facilities Management, Customer Relations Manager, Wendy Schiefer at (858) 534-0317 or UCSD's Energy Manager John Dilliott at (858) 822-2807.

Gary C. Matthews
Assistant Vice Chancellor