San Diego power outage
A key question is who, if anyone, bears responsibility for financial losses resulting from the outage
September 11, 2011 (San Diego) –The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO), which operates California’s grid has initiated a joint task force to investigate the widespread blackout that left more than a million Southern Californians and five million users in the southwest and Mexico without power for up to 12 hours.
In addition, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) announced a joint inquiry in cooperation with the ISO, WECC, all utilities impacted and state regulators in California and Arizona. WECC has also announced its own Event Analysis that will be conducted with participation from the California ISO.
Sept. 9, 2011 (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) today restored power at 3:25 a.m. to its 1.4 million customers affected by the Sept. 8 outage. The restoration was accomplished almost exactly 12 hours after a major electric transmission system outage in western Arizona and the loss of a key connection with the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and other factors resulted in the most widespread power outage in the company’s history and among the worst in U.S. history.
September 9, 2011 (San Diego) - Although power has now been restored countywide, public schools will be closed today across San Diego County. In addition to K-12 schools, closures have also been announced at San Diego State University, the University of California San Diego, Cuyamaca College, and Grossmont College. Some private schools, including Thomas Jefferson School of Law, have also announced closures. If in doubt, check with your school or school district.
San Diego County Courts will be open for business as usual, with power restored.
More updates on power restoration
September 8, 2011 (San Diego) – 11:30 p.m. – Isolated reports of broken glass and possible looting attempts have been reported at a taco store in Lemon Grove, where metal barriers prevented entry, and at a home in Vista. San Diego County has declared a local emergency, meaning looting is now a felony, San Diego Sheriff advises.
Update 11:10 p.m. SDG&E advises residents to turn off air conditioners to avoid overwhelming the system when power comes back on.
BOIL WATER ORDERS are issued for several locations; scroll down for details.
September 8, 2011 (San Diego) – A widespread power outage has left 5 million people in the dark across Southern California, Arizona and northern Mexico including all 1.4 million SDG&E customers in San Diego County. The outage occurred because a major power line between Arizona and California was tripped out of service. “Think of the system as linked by springs, when one part goes out the rest are affected," a Twitter message from SDG&E read. The San Onofre Power plant was also impacted and shut down as a precaution.
Tonight, power is beginning to be restored across portions of San Diego County including the South Bay, Rancho San Diego, Jamul and Mt. Helix areas. SDG&E blames the outage on “operator error.” FBI special agent Darrell Foxworth assures that there is no indication of terrorism.