PG&E safely restores power to San Francisco, thanks customers for their patience; substation scheduled for modernization

San Francisco, Calif. (April 24, 2017) — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has safely restored power to all 88,000 customers impacted by a major power outage in San Francisco today. The outage was caused by equipment failure at the Larkin Substation.

The substation responsible for today’s outage is undergoing already planned extensive upgrades over the next year. The $100 million project is scheduled to be completed by early 2018. PG&E will replace and upgrade the existing infrastructure to enhance electric reliability and increase capacity to meet future power needs.

PG&E is grateful to the City of San Francisco, San Francisco Fire Department, San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency for their cooperation during this incident and to its customers for their patience as it worked to make repairs and restore power.

"I’d like to extend our apologies to this community and our customers. We know it was very frustrating to have a power outage of this magnitude. There was a significant equipment failure at our substation, and we worked safely and as quickly as possible to restore power to this great city," said Barry Anderson, PG&E vice president of Electric Distribution.

The equipment failure led to a brief fire at the substation located at Larkin and Eddy Streets. PG&E crews, working with the San Francisco Fire Department, responded quickly to the scene and safely extinguished the fire. There were no injuries to the public or PG&E employees.

Initial information suggests a circuit breaker failed, igniting insulation, causing the fire at the substation. PG&E will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the factors that led to the equipment failure and subsequent power outage.

Source: PG&E  

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