Power outage impacts more than 5,000 customers in SLO County, Santa Maria

September 13, 2022


More than 5,000 households, spanning from Atascadero to Santa Maria, lost power Tuesday morning.

At approximately 8:19 a.m., 3,439 customers combined lost power in northern Santa Barbara County and southern San Luis Obispo County, according to PG&E. The outage stretches from the Huasna area to Santa Maria. Power is expected to return to affected customers by 3:30 p.m.

Separately, a smaller outage is also impacting Santa Maria residents. The outage, which is affecting 384 customers, started at 9 a.m. and is expected to last until 5 p.m.

In the Atascadero area, 1,795 customers lost power at 9 a.m. Their electricity is expected to come back on at 3 p.m.

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Contact your elected officials and the PUC, this is not acceptable, we pay some of the highest rates and get crappy service from Pacific Graft and Extortion.

The current power system in Ca. is not up to the task of today’s needs let alone the added ones the Gov wants to ad in form of EV’S. Almost everything in U S like manufacturing, infrastructure power etc is way behind because the Government and Businesses didn’t want to keep up with the maintenance,rather push it down the rd. The new rush to all electric is insane unless you put down a good base first. The Government is building a house putting everything in the inside then trying to put the siding and roof on last and hope it doesn’t rain first ruining the inside. This is how smart they are.

If you had an extension chord, you would be limited to, lets say 20 amps, but with neighborhoods, who planned for Tesla? One would think about that before selling and buying as many electric cars the public wants. We will need to get accustomed to power rolling, as it is done in other parts of the world. For example: with water, ok it 3 PM time to flush the toilet or- with electricity it’s 6 PM, I have four hours to cool the fridge and charge the car. This scheduling of utility’s is very old.

So, here I sit at 12:30 pm well into hour 3 of today’s power outage in A-town, which is number 9 for the year, and while I’m being very patient, I can’t help thinking: There is absolutely no reason for this type thing to be happening in this, the 21st Century. But alas it is. Why? Politics, and all of the bad that comes with its ideological collateral damage which impacts every single one of us.

So very sad indeed.