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Executive Order 99-08
June 8, 1999


WHEREAS, ISO-New England, the broker for electrical power throughout New England/ has notified all New England States that demand for power consumption this afternoon is likely to reach an all-time high; and

WHEREAS, the strong potential exists for brownouts and rolling blackouts throughout New England, including Rhode Island unless emergency steps are taken immediately to reduce power consumption; and

WHEREAS, at the request of the ISO-New England, States are taking immediate action to reduce power consumption in the region; and

WHEREAS, a there is an imminent threat of power outages and disruption, which would have the potential to harm the health, safety and welfare of vulnerable Rhode Islanders.

NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me under the Constitution of the State of Rhode Island and R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 43-3-28 and 43-3-31 it is hereby ordered as follows:

1. A State of Emergency is hereby declared for the the entire State of Rhode Island from 12:00 p.m. today through 11:00 p.m. tonight.

2. All essential State emergency operations shall remain in effect.

3. All nonessentiai State employees will be released from work this afternoon at the direction of their Department Director, subject to guidance from the Department of Administration.

4. Local governments are strongly urged to use all reasonable measures to reduce power consumption in their respective communities.

5. The private sector is strongly encouraged to reduce electric power consumption immediately wherever deemed practicable.

6. All residents of Rhode Island are strongly urged to reduce immediately electric power consumption to the extent practicable. Such measures should include:

1. Do not use any unnecessary electrical appliance; and

2. Turn off unused air conditioning; and

3. Turn up air conditioning thermostats a few degrees; and

4. Close drapes and pull shades to k:eep houses cooler; and

5. Use a microwave oven rather than a conventional oven.

These steps are necessary to protect New England's electricity system. This Order shall remain in effect until 11:00 p.m. tonight.

So Ordered:

Lincoln Almond