California Parks & Power

Friday, February 2, 2001 12:30 PM
I was just reading at NYTimes.com that California retail businesses are now required by law to reduce their outdoor lighting as well as other energy usage. Does anyone know how (or if) this is affecting California's parks? Just curious.

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Friday, February 2, 2001 1:30 PM
Yes, it is. I think Knott's had to shut some rides down. That's all I can tell from here in Chicago. Can someone in Cali help us out here?

*** This post was edited by Camel on 2/2/2001. ***
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Friday, February 2, 2001 7:21 PM
I think Knott's is voluntarily shutting down their rides during our crisis, at least, that's what I thought. As for other parks, I don't think it's affecting them all that much. Disneyland buys their power from Anaheim, and they buy it at a discounted cost, so I heard that they don't go offline at all, or something to that affect. I would think that most other parks have back-up generators on-site, in case power goes out, so I would assume that they would use those in a blackout situation. This whole thing has me seething, since I've never experienced something like this in my lifetime. It's very scary, but luckily my hometown has their own power supply, so we aren't affected. Back to topic, I don't think it will be that much of a problem here, although I'm probably just being naive. I'm HOPING there won't be a problem. ;) I'd hate to go to SFMW or PGA and see my favorite rides closed because of the power crisis. That would suck. Peace. :)
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Friday, February 2, 2001 7:34 PM
Knott's Berry Farm is voluntarily shutting down two of their water rides, Perilous Plunge and Big Foot Rapids, along with rotating closing rides throughout the day. Disneyland refuses to do anything because they have some deal with Anaheim. Six Flags Magic Mountain is only open on weekends and is not doing much to conserve. Roaring Rapids (which uses up a large amount of energy) is closed right now due to off season repairs. That is about it.
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Saturday, February 3, 2001 4:47 PM
The lights in LA are still on. However, if our governor Gray Davis has his way, businesses will be required to turn off 'unecessary' lighting after business hours or be faced with $1000 fine.
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Saturday, February 3, 2001 5:52 PM
When SFMW and PGA get real busy in June the power will be fine beucase the power plants that are offlince will be online.
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