WHEREAS: Shortages of electricity have caused physical disruptions
and rolling blackouts to ration energy in California, causing
nearly debilitating harm to the public and businesses there. The
crisis in California threatens the supply and price of
electricity in Washington and other parts of the West Coast, and
could affect the solvency of businesses in Washington. We must
take all steps necessary to avoid a crisis of the proportions
experienced by California, a crisis that directly threatens the
very foundations of the entire California economy, vital public
services, and the health, safety and general welfare of the
WHEREAS: The Bonneville Power Administration and private
electrical power generating companies and utilities in Washington
are undertaking extraordinary measures to mitigate the
electricity shortage and its impacts by conserving electricity,
using electricity reserves by drawing down reservoirs beyond
normal, raising prices, and other measures.
WHEREAS: Utilities continue to face unprecedented financial
difficulties, and could continue to alleviate their problems with
temporary generators and alternative fuels. Several large
businesses have ceased operations due to the cost of electricity,
putting hundreds of people out of work. Public facilities have
ceased operations due to inability to pay current and projected
power expenses. Conservation efforts by the public and
government have been quite successful, but insufficient to solve
the problem alone.
WHEREAS: Without action, citizens of Washington, beginning with
vulnerable people of limited means, may be unable to afford power
for basic heating, lighting and cooking needs, threatening their
health, safety and general welfare.
WHEREAS: Vital public services remain at risk, and immediate steps
must be taken to alleviate social and economic impacts to people
and property. We must operate all electrical generating capacity
necessary to avoid jeopardizing the public health, safety and
general welfare while doing everything possible to minimize the
impact on fish and our environment.
NOW, THEREFORE: I, Gary Locke, Governor of the state of Washington, find that vital public services, particularly affordable electrical power, remain at risk, and there continues to exist a situation that threatens to disrupt or diminish the supply of energy to the extent that the public health, safety, and general welfare may be jeopardized; and therefore find that an energy supply alert continues to exist within this state. I have obtained the prior approval of the joint committee on energy and utilities, and with that approval hereby extend for an additional sixty days the state of energy supply alert proclaimed under Chapters 43.06 and 43.21G RCW on January 26, 2001. I further direct all state and local governmental agencies to fully comply with all orders that may accompany this proclamation or that may be issued pursuant to this proclamation as deemed necessary to preserve and protect the public health, safety, and general welfare, and to minimize, to the fullest extent possible, the injurious economic, social, and environmental consequences of this energy supply crisis. This proclamation applies statewide.
|IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the state of Washington to be affixed at Olympia, this 26th day of April, A.D., Two Thousand one.|
Governor of Washington
BY THE GOVERNOR:
Assistant Secretary of State