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Power Outages?
updated: Aug 11, 2014, 10:13 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Power flickered twice between 10am and 10:10am in North-West Goleta. FYI. Anybody having outages or flickering?

By Edhat Subscriber

Haley St & Anacapa is without power

More than 250 homes and businesses near Santa Barbara's downtown corridor are without electricity this morning. (08/12/14)
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 COMMENT 543631 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 10:15 AM

We had the same thing in down town SB.

 

 COMMENT 543632 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 10:15 AM

It's out downtown

 

 COMMENT 543633P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 10:18 AM

We're out down here at Haley & Anacapa St.

 

 COMMENT 543635 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 10:20 AM

Yes! Crazy bad power flickers; but power is on (near Arlington). Now hearing sirens downtown. Cause, or effect?

 

 COMMENT 543636 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 10:24 AM

Welcome to Santa Barbara, second world nation! Yes, we lose power on an almost weekly basis in the downtown area. We are running a business and find it quite disruptive. Yes we do have back up power, but it is a p.i.t.a! The funny thing is that I just got back from a week in Costa Rica, and they have the same problem there.. Maybe we can work together with them to figure out a solution that won't harm any whales, dolphins, seals and won't add to the CO2 footprint!

 

 COMMENT 543641 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 10:30 AM

@636 I think the problem is a lack of investing in local infrastructure rather than regulation.

The utilties were one of the first sectors to be DEREGULATED.

What you're seeing is free market squeezing profits out of aging infrastructure, not the effects of over regulation.

 

 COMMENT 543644 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 10:32 AM

Carrillo & Santa Barbara St. - Flickered briefly causing computers to re-boot.

 

 COMMENT 543646 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 10:34 AM

Flickered a few times down by Cottage Hospital. Lights went out, but the computers stayed on:)

 

 PATRICK agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 10:35 AM

No power at Laguna & Gutierrez.

 

 COMMENT 543651 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 10:52 AM

power outage on the Eastside as well.

 

 COMMENT 543652 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 10:53 AM

No power on Anacapa to De La Vina from de la Guerra south.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 11:00 AM

Sorry hurt my back and was down on the ground my power went out...I did not hear itinal reports just that barracades are needed here and there. I guess Aluve don't work as well when theres fog..

 

 COMMENT 543654 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 11:00 AM

PARTYFOUL!!!

 

 PATRICK agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 11:12 AM

11:10, power is back on at Laguna & Gutierrez.

 

 COMMENT 543657 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 11:22 AM

The cause was determine to be all the homeless charging their mobile phones at the same time on state street

 

 COMMENT 543659 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 11:34 AM

We had brownouts here up by 154

 

 COMMENT 543660 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 11:35 AM

Santa Barbara
Outage Alert Note 651416
Estimated Restoration Time Most up by August 11, 2014, 12:00 pm
Last Updated August 11, 2014, 11:03 am
Start Time August 11, 2014, 10:05 am
Customers Impacted 1469
Cause Equipment Problems
Crew Status We have identified the problem and are working to restore your service.
Additional Info Not Available

 

 COMMENT 543661 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 11:40 AM

Actually, the power industry is regulated. The deregulation lasted for a couple of years and clearly was not working. The problem we have is that the SB/Goleta area is at the tail end of the SCE line and is subject to problems without a back up system. We need to have a back up power system in the Goleta area so that any line problems from Ventura to Goleta can be resolved without losing power.

 

 COMMENT 543671 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 12:28 PM

Had some big flickers in Noleta by the In N Out earlier.

 

 COMMENT 543683 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 01:15 PM

There was an electrical issue (possibly a small fire) in the parking garage behind Marshall's. I was at the gym and we had to leave, did some other errands while the fire department responded. Came back to the gym around 11 and power had been restored. Not sure if this was due to aging infrastructure or just one of those things that happens from time to time.

 

 COMMENT 543685 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 01:28 PM

@661 Remember Enron? PG&E's San Bruno gas pipeline explosion in the Bay Area that killed 8 people? The decommissioning of San Onofre nuclear plant due to S. Cal. Edison's lying about/failing to follow procedures when procuring new parts that subsequently destroyed the plant and caused radioactive gas leaks?

From Wikipedia:
Phil Gramm, the second largest recipient of campaign contributions from Enron,[36] succeeded in legislating California's energy commodity trading deregulation. Despite warnings from prominent consumer groups which stated that this law would give energy traders too much influence over energy commodity prices, the legislation was passed during December 2000.

Before passage of the deregulation law, there had been only one Stage 3 rolling blackout declared. After passage, California had a total of 38 blackouts defined as Stage 3 rolling blackouts, until federal regulators intervened during June 2001.

 

 COMMENT 543687P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 01:33 PM

Phil Gramm was also behind the bill that canceled Glass Steagall Act - that resulted in the great recession thanks to unregulated Wall Street activities.

 

 COMMENT 543693P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 01:57 PM

We were scheduled to have a power outage in Mission Canyon today, but the power has stayed on (even though I see the crew out on the street). There was a flicker at about 10 am.

Just went downtown, and part of the block of State St. above Carrillo is out (east side), but as someone else said, that is probably unrelated.

 

 COMMENT 543701 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 02:19 PM

Montecito...Jameson & Sheffield for a very brief moment. Enough to have to reset clock, stove...etc.

 

 COMMENT 543704P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 02:31 PM

All's well here on Upper East/Lower Riviera. Electric clocks haven't skipped a circumnavigation.

 

 COMMENT 543706 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 02:35 PM

Wow, 687, I did not realize that Phil Gramm was also behind the repeal of Glass Steagall. Clearly we learned our lesson on just what can happen when markets are allowed to regulate themselves with both the Calif. power industry and national banking/insurance industry. I just hope we all remember....

 

 COMMENT 543707P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 02:36 PM

This is a reminder that everyone needs some survival supplies on hand. The electric infrastructure here is fragile on normal days. Imagine the chaos after a significant earthquake or a fire that takes down supply lines.

 

 COMMENT 543718P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 03:18 PM

636......You left out the delicate Snowy Plover!!

 

 COMMENT 543719 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 03:18 PM

@685 cont'd. from Wikipedia:

After passage, California had a total of 38 blackouts defined as Stage 3 rolling blackouts, until federal regulators intervened during June 2001. These blackouts occurred mainly as a result of a poorly designed market system that was manipulated by traders and marketers. Enron traders were revealed as intentionally encouraging the removal of power from the market during California's energy crisis by encouraging suppliers to shut down plants to perform unnecessary maintenance, as documented in recordings made at the time.[38][39] These acts contributed to the need for rolling blackouts, which adversely affected many businesses dependent upon a reliable supply of electricity, and inconvenienced a large number of retail consumers. This scattered supply increased the price exponentially, and Enron traders were thus able to sell power at premium prices, sometimes up to a factor of 20x its normal peak value.

 

 COMMENT 543721P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 03:30 PM

636 - maybe it is just aging infrastructure.

718P - groan.

 

 COMMENT 543730 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 04:32 PM

@721 Our infrastructure is aging, the problem is that profits (because of dereg) are not being reinvested proportionately or appropriately to maintain the aging infrastructure. No one seems to understand the implications of this in the long term.

 

 COMMENT 543739 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 05:45 PM

The power industry is no longer deregulated-I work in the power industry. SCE is aware of the problem in Goleta and that our tranmission line is in a high fire area. The question is whether Santa Barbara would allow a power plant to be built, they are thinking not likely.

 

 COMMENT 543744 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 06:29 PM

So we go from Enron in 2001 to San Onofre in 2013 (with the San Bruno explosion in 2010).

Other than the scale of the debacle -- Enron temporarily destroyed the California economy whereas a full meltdown of San Onofre might have only destroyed about 1/4 of the state -- is this "re-regulation" you speak of the same "regulation" as Wall Street was "regulated" in 2008?

 

 COMMENT 543748P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 07:13 PM

661 - and Alan Greenspan was shocked, shocked that self-regulation did not work.

"But on Thursday, almost three years after stepping down as chairman of the Federal Reserve, a humbled Mr. Greenspan admitted that he had put too much faith in the self-correcting power of free markets and had failed to anticipate the self-destructive power of wanton mortgage lending.

“Those of us who have looked to the self-interest of lending institutions to protect shareholders’ equity, myself included, are in a state of shocked disbelief,” he told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform."

 

 COMMENT 543750P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 07:16 PM

What we need is solar roof tops throughout the county. SCE is participating in solar. Good for them.

 

 COMMENT 543753 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 07:39 PM

Solar rooftops won't resolve this problem with the SCE line. Basically, power is regulated for the most part by Cal ISO who manage the state grid. Not every city is on the grid, some cities manage their own power needs or a network of cities. Additional power needs is controlled by the CPUC and new power needs are allowed through Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) approved by the CPUC based on a designated need (not by a power corporation rigging the grid).

SCE needs to bring in realibility to the Goleta area through a new power plant or peaker plant. The end of the transmission lines need back-up power to help with reliability, without it, we just lose power periodically without notice.

 

 COMMENT 543757P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 08:09 PM

661 - interesting information, thanks. Peaker plants are there to provide energy at "peak" hours when there is more demand. Since, we have so many sunny days, there should be the expectation that peak hour needs could always be met. Anyway, a bit of research unearthed this article. I guess Germany and California are the places to watch.

http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/dueling-charts-of-the-day-peaker-plants-vs.-green-power

 

 COMMENT 543763P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 09:35 PM

And who did Phil Gramm's wife for? Wendy Gramm worked for Enron and …..
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendy_Lee_Gramm
Corruption: there's been a coup in this country by corporate interests, while divide and conquer diversions keep us unfocused.

 

 COMMENT 543764P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 09:55 PM

From Wiki: Ronald Reagan once said Gramm was "my favorite economist."

 

 COMMENT 543781 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-12 07:14 AM

@763 Thank you. That sums up the mess we're in perfectly.

 

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