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News Release
Utilities' Mission-Critical Systems Are Y2K OK
November 16, 1999 (1999-048)
Contacts: Ron Eachus, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Roger Hamilton, Commissioner 503 378-6611; Joan H. Smith, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Al Jasso, 378-6115; Ray Nunez, 373-7486; Y2K Coordinators; Ron Karten, Public Information Officer, 503 378-8962
Salem, OR – Oregon’s investor-owned utilities told the Oregon Public Utility Commission Monday that they have completed their Y2K readiness projects and are now concentrating on contingency response systems when the rollover to the new year occurs.
The state’s regulated electric, gas and telecommunications utilities and two interstate gas pipelines reported to the Commission that all their "mission critical" systems were Y2K compliant and only a few items in some utilities’ non-mission critical systems still needed work.
"All indications are that there should not be a problem," Commission chairman Ron Eachus said. "If you’re anticipating the Hollywood disaster scenario, Y2K could end up being ‘Way 2 Boring.’"
The utilities have been making quarterly reports to the Commission on Y2K readiness throughout the year including the testing of their systems, assessment of their suppliers and coordination with other industries. Monday the Commission required the utilities to provide Y2K contingency plan updates by December 1.
The utilities said they were complete or very near to completion with the contingency plans for New Year’s Eve and early into 2000. The plans provide response strategies in the event of service disruptions and include or build on normal outage response plans. These plans include additional staffing, industry coordination, clear lines of responsibility, training, drills, testing, vendor support, logistical support, back-up communications, manual operations, customer service, and security measures.
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