MEMORANDUM: Potential Electricity Shortages in Western States
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                           December 30, 2000

                             December 30, 2000


SUBJECT:            Potential Electricity Shortages in Western States

Increased demand for electricity during cold winter weather can make it a
challenge for electric utilities to meet the demand of their customers and
keep lights on and their homes and businesses warm.  Currently, the supply
of electric power is tight on the West Coast due to record demand for
electricity.  The region faces the possibility of electricity shortages in
some areas, which would put both consumers and businesses at risk.

The Federal Government is among the largest consumers of electricity in
Western States.  It is important that the Federal Government lead by
example in taking energy conserving steps to reduce the risk and severity
of power outages.  Therefore, I direct that:

?    All managers of all Federal buildings in Washington and Oregon join
those in California and take steps to reduce consumption of power to the
maximum extent practicable consistent with public health and welfare, and
that of employees; and

?    Federal agencies coordinate with other State and local government
agencies to minimize the use of electricity in all government buildings in
Washington, Oregon, and California.

When the Federal Government, State governments, businesses, and consumers
work together to use electricity wisely, we can reduce the risk of power
shortages in the short term and keep the power on.

                              WILLIAM J. CLINTON

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