In spite of the precarious summer outlook, Southern California Edison has declined to buy around 250 MW of excess power from the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. John Schumann, LADWP?s director of system planning and projects, said an agreement could not be reached on either the amount of power or delivery points. The possible price was not revealed. ?We have different philosophies on how to approach the summer,? Schumann said. The California Energy Commission estimated the peak demand shortfall this summer in Southern California, which includes Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric territories, to be between 1,000 MW and 1,800 MW. Edison spokesperson Gil Alexander said the utility has sufficient resources to meet the needs of its bundled customers?including a 7 percent operating reserve during very hot days. ?We are working with the state to identify additional resources for the southern part of the state,? he added. Those include expanding demand-side management, curtailing the Metropolitan Water Department of Southern California?s pumping load, and possibly getting a clean air waiver to allow the polluting Mohave coal-fired plant to keep on supplying juice. Earlier this year, LADWP revealed it had initiated discussions with Edison about a sale of power to the utility from its hefty reserves (<i>Circuit<\/i>, Jan. 14, 2005). The department has 20 percent reserves, largely because of the unique configuration of its system, and to satisfy the Western Electricity Coordinating Council. LADWP plans to market 250 MW of firm power to sellers in the Southwest. It also has about 500 MW of ?recallable? power for sale?supplies it could recall on an hour?s notice during critical periods. Schumann said that the power, while recallable, is ?fairly firm based on history.?