Tuesday May 15 2012
PG&E responsible for widespread power outage in Auburn, Cool, Georgetown Divide
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
Cause attributed to work in Auburn
AUBURN CA - Power was knocked out in some areas of Auburn, Cool, Pilot Hill, Georgetown and Greenwood shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday. Some 11,000 customers in those areas experienced the power cut, which lasted less than an hour, a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. a spokeswoman said. PG&E's Brandi Ehlers said that all customer lines were restored by 9:52 a.m. The outage left traffic lights blinking red and alarms ringing in Downtown Auburn and up the Highway 49 corridor. Altogether, 9,600 customers lost power in the Auburn area, Ehlers said. Power was reported back on at Lincoln Way businesses in the Downtown area at about 9:25 a.m. Ehlers said that the outage started at 9:06 a.m. The cause was an unplanned power cut while PG&E was working on upgrades at its Placer substation in Auburn, Ehlers said. Auburn Lake Trails was also without power. Ehlers said that the break in electricity was being treated as a transmission line outage, which affects a greater area than distribution lines that go directly to customers. The transmission line cut was restored at 9:27 a.m., allowing power to come back on immediately in some areas, she said.