SLO County power outages continue, 2,305 customers without electricity

September 20, 2022

By KAREN VELIE

More than 2,300 PG&E customers in San Luis Obispo are without power on Tuesday morning as power outages are becoming common events.

In an area northwest of Paso Robles, 2,106 customers lost power at 10:31 a.m. The utility estimates the power will be restored by 12:15 p.m.

In the Lake Nacimiento area, 87 customers lost power at 10:50 a.m. Their power is expected to be back on by 12:30 p.m.

Further south in Grover Beach, the lights went out for 112 properties shortly after 8 a.m. The utility estimates the lights will be back on by 3:30 p.m.

In each of these cases, the utility reports the cause of the outage is under investigation.

Following lawsuits over fires caused by the utility, PG&E has “upgraded its power lines” in an attempt to reduce wildfire risks. As a result of the sensitive settings, a bird or a branch hitting a line can lead to lengthy power outages.


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mullyman

I believe PG&E should review what up grade lines means. If you add a device that shuts the power off when a bird shits on it that doesn’t seem to classify as a line upgrade. These devices if they worked properly would be OK in certain areas where a brush fire could start fast but not too sure about the town of SLO inself.


Florian75

On the plus side, the citizens of SLO should be experiencing through the roof levels of self-esteem & personal virtue knowing they are doing yeoman’s service in mitigating climate change. Way to go SLO, lead the way! /s


jdchem

You haven’t lived until you experience a 5-day long PSPS outage. I will be amazed if Gavin can win national office with this dumpster fire of a state to showcase.


Joe Blow

Imagine the scenario when homes and cars in California are all electric.


Adam Trask

Um, I think that scenario will play out. The California Air Resources Board has been quite adamant over the last few years that the state will reduce emissions.


Pretty sure it will be a tough transition, but it will happen. There are exactly ZERO voices of any consequence opposing the move to total renewable energy.


The Republicans have basically punted California away in the age of Trump. In fact, they are not even relevant in current Cali politics. On this issue, that is certainly a good thing.


jdchem

What kind of electric car do you drive, Adam?


paragon

Electric cars won’t be as much of a factor as people think. Most electrical cars get charged at night when grid utilization is very low and the rates are cheapest. The bigger factor is the increase in people working from home.