Utilities Springing Ahead To Test Y2K Readiness

In separate announcements, Southern Company and PacifiCorp touted their readiness for the year 2000. Both said utility subsidiaries are testing systems by setting their clocks forward to replicate conditions in a year 2000 environment. Generation, transmission and distribution systems are being tested by the companies.

"These are the systems that affect all stages of electric production from generation to delivery at the point of service for each of our customers," said David Register, year 2000 project manager for PacifiCorp. "Making the transition now will help our customers and the public to have the same confidence we have about the extent and reliability of our preparations."

"Our comprehensive program includes setting clocks forward and allowing the devices to roll through key transition dates," said Paul DeNicola, CEO of Southern Company Services and the year 2000 steering committee chair for Southern Company. "We currently have some systems operating in the year 2000, and we have not experienced problems that would interrupt service."

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