Cause Of The Power Outage (Updated)?

September 12, 2005 at 6:27 pm in Uncategorized

I’m still reading conflicting reports on the the cause of today’s power outage.

CNN is reporting that the wrong line was cut:

About 700,000 electric customers in Los Angeles lost power Monday afternoon after a worker mistakenly cut a wrong line, triggering a cascade of problems in the city’s power grid, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said.

Meanwhile NBC4 is reporting that the wrong wires were connected:

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials said an outage Monday afternoon was linked to human error at a receiving station. …

Workers connected the wrong wires, causing a surge of power that led to shutdowns at three power generating stations, according to officials.

Funny that Ron Deaton, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, was quoted in both articles giving what appear to be conflicting reports.

UPDATE: NBC4 reported during its 11:00 PM newscast that it was the cutting of the wrong wire, coupled with the subsequent connection to the wrong wire, that caused the outage. So the BBC got it right (thanks, Miles!).

NBC also said the outage originated from the DWP’s North Hollywood location, which fits into what was reported at LA Observed:

The outage began in the San Fernando Valley, where at least one of the stations is located, then spread to downtown, the Wilshire corridor and West Los Angeles around 1 p.m.

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