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Power restored after Wednesday morning outage leaves 3,800 in the dark in Pleasanton

Original post made on May 1, 2013

Electric power was restored about 9 a.m. Wednesday to about 3,800 PG&E business and residential customers who were left in the dark for a few hours well before sunrise in and near downtown Pleasanton.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 8:30 AM

Comments (12)

Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on May 1, 2013 at 10:01 am

When the outage is caused by their equipment failure they are responsible to replace anything electronic that was damaged. If you have a microwave, computer, timers, or anything else that no longer works after the failure/surge make a report with PG & E and get it replaced.

Posted by In the Dark
a resident of Country Fair
on May 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Thanks for the info

Posted by jake3_14
a resident of Downtown
on May 2, 2013 at 8:10 am

Seconded — this is great to know.

Posted by Pepper
a resident of Old Towne
on May 2, 2013 at 9:06 am

My power was not restored by 9am or 10am, it was closer to 11am.

Who writes these stories?

Posted by Sparky
a resident of Happy Valley
on May 2, 2013 at 9:32 am

Thanks for the info on the equipment! Also, it looks like the power came on in phases ... ours came back on a few minutes after 8:00am...

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 2, 2013 at 9:57 am

i heard on the freeway that if you blink your eyes waaaaay waaaaaay faster that the room lights up...

Posted by No Current
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 2, 2013 at 9:57 am

PW, thanks for the update on this. However, PG&E is being its typical incompetent and/or criminal self when he throws out what "might have been the cause". Do they know and aren't saying (criminal) or don't know (incompetent)? Known what equipment they had to replace might give them a clue! The sad part is that PG&E customers have do deal with power reliability of a third world country and power cost that's the highest in the country (7-8 times higher than most places in the Midwest). Primarily we have these high frequency of power outages because of PG&E's notoriously poor maintenance.

Posted by Jean
a resident of Happy Valley
on May 2, 2013 at 12:39 pm

There should have been a police officer at the busy Bernal/First St/Sunol Blvd intersection. That light still wasn't working long after our house power came back on. It was very dangerous. Many people were not observing the law to treat the intersection as a "stop sign." They were just rushing through if they saw a space!

Posted by JJ
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I went through the intersection of Bernal and First/Sunol at ~6:20am and the lights were working just fine. I wonder if they were later knocked out when power was restored elsewhere.

Posted by pb
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on May 2, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Power came back on sometime between 10-noon. We couldn't tell because we took our house off the grid, and fired up our generator. We had a critical construction project planned and stayed on schedule without PG&E. I agree the utility is not sharing information openly with the public, and this part of their PUC monopoly responsibility needs to be clarified and monitored for compliance.

Posted by Sue
a resident of Happy Valley
on May 2, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Ours came back on at approx. 8:30......we also had a generator going.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 2, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

At 3:45 a.m. I was awakened by the sound of the transformer behind our home making a loud popping noise and the power shut down. PG&E came to the house; we explained where the noise came from; the power went back on at 5:45 a.m. I wonder if that caused a chain of failures based on the other outages that followed?

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