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Wednesday June 14, 3:37 pm Eastern Time Heatwave forces some power cuts in San Francisco area
LOS ANGELES, June 14 (Reuters) - The California Independent System Operator (ISO), which operates much of the states' power grid, said Wednesday it has asked San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric to interrupt service to some industrial and commercial customers.
A spokeswoman said the request was made due to unusually hot weatehr and problems with a couple of generation sources which supply the area.
Some industrial and commercial customers receive power at a lower rate in return for agreeing to have their supply interrupted when reserves drop below five percent.
``It (the supply problem) is limited to the Bay area,'' a spokeswoman said.
Weather Services Corp. was forecasting triple digit temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday in Californian cities such as Sacramento (peaking at 105 degrees F both days), Fresno (105 and 108) and San Jose (102 and 104).
Hot weather leads to increased demand for electricity due to the heavy use of air conditioning units.
-- Martin Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 14, 2000