159,000 customers lost power in Northern California over weekend

Heavy rain and high winds, with gusts up to 88 miles-per-hour (mph), downed trees and power lines on Saturday March 5, knocking out power to 130,000 Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) customers and 29,000 Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) customers across Northern California.

That’s according to data from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  

By Sunday morning, all but 1,800 SMUD customers had power restored. As of 10:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, PG&E reported 97% of impacted customers had power restored. The utility also reported that a second storm hit on Sunday night knocking out power to 16,000 customers.

As of mid-afternoon on Monday, March 7, power had been restored to most of those Northern California customers affected by the second wave of outages, DOE said.

DOE also reported that high winds moved through Southern Nevada on Sunday knocking out power to 15,000 Overton Power customers and 4,893 NV Power customers.

Overton Power reported that a power pole fire from a structure supporting circuits that link its Tortoise substation resulted in a system-wide power outage. NV Power reported that nearly all customers had power restored by 2:00 a.m. EST on Sunday, while Overton Power reported complete service restoration by 10:00 a.m. EST on Monday, March 7.

Finally, back East, National Grid reported 11,600 customers had power knocked out Sunday morning due to a cable trip that caused a problem at a nearby substation. By Monday morning, all customers had power restored, DOE said.

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.