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« on: September 08, 2011, 10:38:03 PM »

http://www.suntimes.com/photos/galleries/7550377-418/millions-in-california-new-mexico-arizona-hit-by-power-outage.html
Millions in California, New Mexico, Arizona hit by power outage
September 8, 2011

SAN DIEGO — A major power outage knocked out electricity to more than 2 million people in California, Arizona and Mexico on Thursday, taking two nuclear reactors offline, leaving people sweltering in the late-summer heat and disrupting flights at the San Diego airport.

San Diego bore the brunt of the blackout and most of the nation’s eighth-largest city was darkened. All outgoing flights from San Diego’s Lindbergh Field were grounded and police stations were using generators to accept emergency calls across the area.

The trolley system that shuttles thousands of commuters every day was shut down and freeways were clogged at rush hour. Police directed traffic at intersections where signals stopped working.

The outage extended from southern parts of Orange County to San Diego to Yuma, Arizona. It also is affecting cities south of the border across much of the state of northern Baja.
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FBI officials ruled out terrorism while power plant authorities struggled to find the cause of the outage that started shortly before 4 p.m. PDT.

A transmitter line between Arizona and California was severed, said Mike Niggli, chief operating officer of San Diego Gas & Electric Co., causing the outage. The extreme heat in some areas also may have caused some problems with the lines.

“Essentially we have two connections from the rest of the world: One of from the north and one is to the east. Both connections are severed,” Niggli said.

Power officials don’t know what severed the line.

Niggli said he suspects the system was “overwhelmed by too many outages in too many places.”

Niggli said relief was on its way, slowly. He said his 1.4 million customers may be without power until Friday.

The San Onofre nuclear power plant went offline at 3:38 p.m. as they are programmed to do when there is a disturbance in the power grid, said Charles Coleman, a spokesman from Southern California Edison. He said there was no danger to the public or to workers there.

The outage came more than eight years after a more severe black out in 2003 darkened a large swath of the Northeast and Midwest. More than 50 million people were affected in that outage.

In Arizona, about half of the city and about half of Yuma County had power Thursday evening after losing it earlier. Yuma County has about 200,000 residents and a little under half live in the city of Yuma.
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2011, 10:40:57 PM »

http://azstarnet.com/news/state-and-regional/article_d5e7bfd8-da74-11e0-837a-001cc4c03286.html
Power out for 2 million in Calif., Ariz., Mexico
September 8, 2011

SAN DIEGO - More than 2 million people on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border were left without power Thursday after a major outage that extended from Arizona to southern California, including San Diego, the eighth largest U.S. city.

Mike Niggli, chief operating officer of San Diego Gas & Electric Co. ruled out terrorism but said the cause is unclear.

"To my knowledge this is the first time we've lost an entire system," he said at a news conference.

The outage that started shortly before 4 p.m. PDT extended from southern parts of Orange County to San Diego to Yuma, Arizona. It also is affecting cities south of the border across much of the state of northern Baja.

All outgoing flights from San Diego's Lindbergh Field were grounded and police stations were using generators to accept emergency calls across San Diego County.

Charles Coleman, a spokesman from Southern California Edison, said the two reactors at the San Onofre nuclear power plant went offline at 3:38 p.m. as they are programmed to do when there is a disturbance in the power grid, but there was no danger to the public or to workers there.
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iggli said relief was on its way, slowly. He said his 1.4 million customers may be without power until Friday.

He said the utility lost power due to a transmission failure that started at a large switching station in Arizona, where several high-voltage lines come together, although the cause has not been determined.

"I suspect the system was overwhelmed by too many outages in too many places," Niggli said.
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2011, 06:50:47 AM »

http://www.freep.com/article/20110909/NEWS07/109090483/Up-5-million-lose-power-San-Diego-Arizona-Mexico?odyssey=mod|mostview
Up to 5 million lose power in San Diego, Arizona, Mexico
September 9, 2011

AN DIEGO -- A major power outage knocked out electricity to up to 5 million people in California, Arizona and Mexico on Thursday, bringing San Diego and Tijuana to a standstill and leaving people sweltering in the late-summer heat.

Two nuclear reactors were off-line, but officials said there was no danger to the public or workers.

San Diego bore the brunt of the blackout that started shortly before 7 p.m. Detroit time; most of the city was darkened. All outgoing flights from San Diego's Lindbergh Field were grounded, and police stations were using generators to accept emergency calls.
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The outage was likely caused by an employee removing a piece of monitoring equipment that was causing problems at a power substation in southwest Arizona, officials said. The power loss should have been limited to the Yuma area. The power company, Arizona Public Service, was investigating why the outage wasn't contained.
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2011, 07:39:02 AM »

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/09/08/national/a172007D23.DTL&tsp=1
Outage affects millions in Southwest, Mexico
September 9, 2011

The lights are back on in Arizona and steadily returning to parts of Southern California and Mexico after a power outage affecting millions of people.

By early Friday, energy had been restored to some 930,000 users in the region. That's according to a combined tally provided by officials in Arizona, California and Mexico.

Authorities say the outage was accidentally triggered about 4 p.m. Thursday when an electrical worker removed a piece of monitoring equipment at a power substation in southwest Arizona.
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2011, 07:40:47 AM »

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/09/08/state/n203344D01.DTL
Outage causes San Diego County to close schools
September 8, 2011

Public schools in San Diego County will be closed Friday as a precaution as area residents cope with a power outage that has left millions without electricity.
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2011, 07:42:51 AM »

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/09/08/national/a173423D28.DTL
Power outage puts Calif. nuclear plant offline
September 8, 2011

The San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California has shut down because of a massive power outage that's affecting millions in California, Arizona and Mexico.

Charles Coleman, a spokesman for Southern California Edison, said Thursday that the plant went offline at 3:38 p.m. Pacific as it is supposed to do when there is an electrical disturbance.

Coleman says there is no danger to any residents or employees at the plant, but it is not currently generating power.
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« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2011, 09:15:42 AM »

I think power is on most everywhere now.  I'd love to wring the neck of that power company employee to started all this  
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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2011, 10:48:49 AM »

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/09/08/national/a172007D23.DTL&tsp=1
Outage affects millions in Southwest, Mexico
September 9, 2011

The lights are back on in Arizona and steadily returning to parts of Southern California and Mexico after a power outage affecting millions of people.

By early Friday, energy had been restored to some 930,000 users in the region. That's according to a combined tally provided by officials in Arizona, California and Mexico.

Authorities say the outage was accidentally triggered about 4 p.m. Thursday when an electrical worker removed a piece of monitoring equipment at a power substation in southwest Arizona. ::snipping2::


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http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/09/08/national/a172007D23.DTL&tsp=1
Outage affects millions in Southwest, Mexico
September 9, 2011

The lights are back on in Arizona and steadily returning to parts of Southern California and Mexico after a power outage affecting millions of people.

By early Friday, energy had been restored to some 930,000 users in the region. That's according to a combined tally provided by officials in Arizona, California and Mexico.

Authorities say the outage was accidentally triggered about 4 p.m. Thursday when an electrical worker removed a piece of monitoring equipment at a power substation in southwest Arizona. ::snipping2::


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Gee..I'd hate to be that guy.   

I wonder if his first name was "Homer"?   
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« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2011, 12:52:37 PM »

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/09/some-540000-of-the-14-million-customers-who-lost-power-have-now-had-power-restored-san-diego-gas-electric-co-reported-at.html
Power back for 694,000 customers of San Diego Gas & Electric, more on the way
September 9, 2011

Some 694,000 of the 1.4 million customers throughout Southern California who lost power have now had power restored, San Diego Gas & Electric Co. reported at about 2:45 a.m, 11 hours after the outage occurred.

Power is being restored throughout San Diego and its suburbs. La Jolla, Mission Valley, and Bay Park are among the most recent neighborhoods to have the lights reappear.

The first neighborhoods were in southern Orange County, then the suburbs of San Diego. Power in the Imperial Valley, supplied by the Imperial Irrigation District, is said to be 99% restored.
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At Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, a Friday morning colors ceremony honoring the fallen of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has been called off.

"Our 'first responders' who we were going to honor at the ceremony will still be working and responding to this power outage," said a base spokesman.


Officials say the outage is due to operator error in Arizona. An investigation is planned.
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« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2011, 12:55:14 PM »

 
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/09/all-power-customers-have-power-restored-officials-announce.html
All SDG&E customers have power restored, officials announce
September 9, 2011 4:52 a.m.

All 1.4 million customers of San Diego Gas & Electric have had power restored, the company announced at 4:30 a.m Friday, some 13 hours after the massive outage struck.

Dave Geier, a company vice president, said 100 substations are back on line. The 100% return occurred about an hour before the news conference announcement, he said.

Geier said that despite the return of power, customers should try to use electricity sparingly, lest they overload the system.

"The system is still fragile," he said.
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