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