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Power company ready for Y2K

Dec. 31, 1999, should not be known as the night the lights went out in Tahoe.

“We’re in great shape,” said Bob Sagan, spokesman for Sierra Pacific Power Company. “We started (getting ready for Y2K) in 1996. By late June we had decided we were Y2K compliant.”

Sagan said the electric utility industry went through a Y2K test on April 9, 1999 without many problems. The industry repeated the test Sept. 9 and “passed that with flying colors.”

In fact, Sierra Pacific’s biggest concern is that something out of their control could happen. A big snowstorm could knock out power, or a drunk driver could hit a utility pole.

To be prepared, the power company plans to have extra personnel working and on call on New Year’s Eve.

And in the event a crazy person somewhere tries to take their insanity out on the power company, Sagan said Sierra Pacific is doing everything it can to prepare for that.

“There’s a lot of nut cases out there who want to bring the Armageddon on or cause a big fight,” he said. “We’re working with local law enforcement agencies and taking some precautions.”

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