Abstract: The power cuts are likely to play havoc with
long-planned experimental schedules. Cuts without warning may
damage expensive equipment and could even endanger staff, say
officials, who are appealing to the state to restore their
So far the PUC [California Public Utilities Commission,
Ed.] has not issued a decision. "It is a very chaotic
situation," says particle physicist Pier Oddone, deputy director
of the Lawrence Berkeley laboratory, where the equipment likely to
be affected includes the Advanced Light Source.
Editor's note: One would expect that large power consumers like
big research facilities would be prime candidates for
co-generation of electricity and thermal energy. Instead of
draining energy from the net, the labs could actually contribute
to the power generation.