By Miriam Raftery
December 19, 2017 (San Diego) – After restoring power to residents impacted by planned outages due to high winds, some lasting a week or more, SDG&E has announced a new round of planned outages—this time, for equipment repairs.
The utility’s site indicates notices were sent to impacted customers. View full, current map of outages here; click on “planned outages” to view those scheduled: https://www.sdge.com/safety/outages/outage-map
Some are slated to be extensive; for instance, the Descanso and Viejas areas are projected to have a 10 hour outage starting tomorrow morning. Parts of El Cajon are slated to be without power for eight hours on Thursday. Many other communities are also affected in the coming days.
But some residents are asking why the repairs can’t wait. Shutting off power over the holiday season raises several concerns, including:
- Burglar alarms don’t work, leaving homes vulnerable, particularly if residents are traveling away for the holiday season;
- Temperatures are frigid, with snow possible in some impacted areas
- Many residents who lost food during prolonged outages have just replaced it, including food items for holiday meals that now could be lost again.
- Outages days before Christmas, and during Chanukah, could also ruin holiday parties, family gatherings, holiday shopping for merchants, and religious activities.
ECM has contacted SDG&E this morning to ask why these repairs are scheduled now, and whether any can wait until after the holiday season.