Power outage across Berkeley result of equipment failure during testing

A Tuesday outage that affected about 29,000 customers in Berkeley resulted from failure of equipment during planned testing, according to information given by PG&E on Friday.

Equipment failed during testing at an El Cerrito substation, according to PG&E spokesperson Tamar Sarkissian. The resulting outage began shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday and lasted for about an hour, affecting approximately 38,000 customers total.

As of Friday afternoon, PG&E was still repairing equipment damage related to the outage, although the repairs are not expected to affect customers, Sarkissian said.

“We’re working 24/7 on completing those repairs,” Sarkissian said, adding that safety and reliability are the company’s “top goals.”

Although the campus remained mostly unaffected, the Goldman School of Public Policy, city stoplights and locations throughout Berkeley — including Menchie’s, Chipotle and the Downtown Berkeley BART station — lost power during the outage.

Melissa Wen is the executive news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @melissalwen.

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  • So Kali

    Berkeley gets third world level electrical utility service. Once I moved to Alameda (with publically owned electric utilities) I have never experienced even one power interruption. In Berkeley they happened every few months.

    PG&E hates Berkeley.