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Power grid managers ease Stage 2 alert

The Associated Press

FOLSOM, Calif. -California’s grid operators downgraded the state’s Stage 2 alert early Tuesday afternoon, though the Independent System Operator said consumers still need to conserve energy.

Spokeswoman Stephanie McCorkle said the alert was eased when demand dropped and supplies rose. But she said supplies remain tight.

The ISO called for energy conservation Monday after gusty winds yanked down Southern California power lines.

That kept 3,000 megawatts of imported electricity from reaching power-starved California. Power plants that would have produced nearly 13,000 megawatts were also down for repairs. Another 3,000 megawatts from alternative energy providers who are owed more than $1 billion by two nearly broke utilities were also unavailable.

A megawatt is enough electricity to power about 750 homes.

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