A strong Pacific front on Sunday, March 13, brought damaging winds into Washington and British Columbia, knocking out power to at least 289,296 customers, the Department of Energy (DOE) said in a daily update.
Puget Sound Energy, the hardest hit utility with 176,000 customer outages, said fallen trees and debris damaged its electric infrastructure, but that it was making good progress on restoration efforts.
Seattle City Light and Snohomish PUD said its crews were actively restoring service to customers throughout the day on Monday, March 14, DOE said.
Snohomish PUD said its crews had completed more than 90 restoration jobs around the county by noon. As of 3:30 p.m. EDT Monday, 28,181 customers remained without power.
In an unrelated development, DOE also reported that two of the NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) Marsh Landing gas-fired units in California experienced unplanned outages on March 13. About 400 MW of generation was affected at Marsh Landing Units 1 and 2.
GenerationHub records indicate that NRG’s Marsh Landing has four gas-fired power units in Contra Costa County, California.