Over 2,000 PG&E customers without power in Atascadero

July 27, 2023


More than 2,000 PG&E customers lost power in Atascadero on Thursday morning.

Shortly after 7 a.m., 2,195 PG&E customers in Atascadero lost power. PG&E estimates the power will be restored by 1:15 p.m. The cause of the outage remains under investigation.

Power is out for customers along Highway 101 from north of Curbaril Road to south of San Benito Road.

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We can land on the moon but can’t figure out how to supply power on a constant safe basis. To much Political envolvement in it

how to supply power on a constant safe basis” It was only 2k households, small beans.

Imagine if the state government had not forced pge to upgrade the local lines and install automated switchgear ++. The outages would be larger and longer like they used to be 20 years ago.

How dare the government do something! Lets complain that the outage was too small/large and the gov did too much/not enough at the same time! Outrageous!


Of the ONLY 2K people affected? Say there was 100 of them elderly in need of power for medical needs would that make it big beans territory? It’s the automated switch gear devices that are causing the problem mostly so the outages would not of happened so they wouldn’t be longer. You also have to remember the great state government has put so many regulations on any business they can’t really do a good job let alone build anything new and efficent

Buy a mega wattage power inverter that can recharge with solar… if the power goes out the fuel pumps won’t work….

Better yet… get both… that is just the way things are in a 3rd world state….

It is not that simple with solar systems connected to the grid. Ironically, they are designed to turn the solar off if the grid is down. You also need to have battery backup & transfer switch (eg:Tesla Powerwall) in order to use your solar power. And, of course, the solar panels don’t produce power when it is dark.

 Ironically” No, it’s safety “pge lineman Ironically electrocuted” is not a thing, it’s called rule 21.

“solar panels don’t produce power when it is dark.” Really? /s

My point was that if you ask 10 people that don’t have solar if they think solar users have power when the grid goes down, I bet 8or9 will say yes – ironically.

While I agree with having some of both, cost is a factor as well as what we are planning for. Planning for brief power outages is affordable for most. Where possible and void of ever needing a financial institution, being off the grid is easier these days due to better solar panels and those expensive battery walls. Paramount to any installation is to learn how to live with less, no not like 200 years ago, use the most efficient devices and forget the garbage compactor, garbage disposal, water softener, electric blankets, etc. Learn to go to bed when it is dark, when possible use gravity for water pressure, where possible build into the slope for better living space temperature regulation and if you buy a refrigerator, buy a propane/electric, larger but something like used in an RV. You will not be inconvenienced, throw away less and will find many other “you don’t need them” ideas.

We had our outage the Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning. KSBY was off the air during that period. Times are a changing, the need for backup power is becoming common and those units will get costly as their demand increases. Generac seems to be a good product and installation for most residential units.