For the first time since the findings of an internal investigation into the power outages that left much of downtown Long Beach in the dark last July, representatives from Southern California Edison (SCE) went before the city council to provide explanations of what went wrong before the lights went out.
The root cause of a series of power outages which plunged various Long Beach neighborhoods into darkness, sometimes for days on end, over the summer appears to be a lack of oversight, a network operating outside of its “optimal design state,” and the failure of a spliced cable, according to a report released today by Southern California Edison (SCE) and Davies Consulting Group.
On Wednesday, Southern California Edison issued a response to the California Public Utilities Commission which, in a letter sent earlier this month, had formally requested the company take specific actions related to Long Beach’s rash of recent power outages.
Today, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a letter to Southern California Edison, calling on them to conduct a series of investigations and continue to tether manhole covers related to the power outages.
With the temperature steady at 90 degrees Thursday afternoon, a fourth vault fire in just two months shut down power to over 2,700 Long Beach residents at 2:43PM, according to Southern California Edison’s power outage map and SCE spokesman David Song.
Business owners, displaced residents, workers and rescuers confronted city officials and utility representatives in downtown Long Beach Saturday morning with much to say, but only one message in mind: the city has some hard lessons to learn about disaster preparedness.
Southern California Edison (SCE) has hired Davies Consulting, LLP, a private consulting firm, to investigate the numerous power outages that have plagued Long Beach this past month, including two that affected thousands of customers last weekend.
Around 21,000 Southern California Edison (SCE) customers were affected by an early Saturday morning power outage at its peak, due to an underground cable failure at Ximeno and PCH in Long Beach, according to SCE officials. Power was restored to all customers around 4:00AM Saturday. In an unrelated incident, 779 people remained without power in the Willmore City area Saturday morning after Friday’s overhead power line issues in that area.
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Long Beach city officials began redirecting resources needed at various senior living facilities affected by downtown’s power outage that began Wednesday afternoon, including providing flashlights, food and emergency transportation.