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SDG&E ends rolling blackouts amid heatwave energy use

Posted at 7:33 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-15 09:16:28-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Rotating outages in San Diego are now over. All outages were cleared by 8 p.m. Friday, San Diego Gas & Electric told ABC 10News.

For the first time in more than a decade, the electric company was ordered to conduct rotating, one-hour outages in San Diego and southern Orange Counties because of high electric use amid hot and humid temperatures.

SDG&E says California Independent System Operator (CASIO) declared a "Stage 3" power emergency because "contingency reserves have fallen or are anticipated to fall below requirements and cannot be restored without service interruptions."

SDG&E said that while rotating outages were widespread, communities in high fire threat districts were exempt.


To see if you're affected, customers can check their SDG&E bill for circuit numbers and curtailment block numbers listed above the "last meter read date" on the front page or in their online account and compare those numbers with the company's list of affected areas here and below:

Mission Valley25147
Mira Mesa25229
Mira Mesa25434
Escondido E, Escondido NE25456
Rancho Santa Fe S, Solana Beach5063
El Cajon W5072
La Mesa N, Mission Gorge5083
Mira Mesa, Northcity West50831
Mission Valley75382
Rancho Del Rey75944
Chula Vista W100258
Point Loma N100740
Vista S100850
Lake Hodges S, Rancho Bernardo125291
Torrey Pines125743
Poway S125927
Bay Park, Mission Bay150103
Rancho Bernardo150290
Del Mar, Northcity West, Solana Beach150512
Laguna Hills, Laguna Nigel, Mission Viejo150768
Escondido S, Escondido W175517
Dana Point, Laguna Nigel175797
El Cajon E, Granite Hills, Lakeside200409
San Ysidro200462
Torrey Pines200745
Clairemont, NAS-Miramar200774
Bonita, Otay Mesa, Rancho Del Rey225590
Mission Viejo, Ortega225986
Carlsbad, Encinitas S2251117
Fairbanks Ranch S, Northcity W, Rancho Bernardo25068
Mira Mesa250438
Center City250468
El Cajon W, Granite Hils, Singing Hills275410
Del Mar, Northcity West275510
Casa De Oro, El Cajon W275548
Fletcher Hills275947
Mira Mesa275951
La Jolla N, Torrey Pines30065
Escondido NW, Escondido W, San Marcos E300188
Laguna Hills, Laguna Nigel300561
Fletcher Hills, La Mesa N300949

During power shutoffs, SDG&E suggests customers turn off air conditioners and significantly reduce or avoid using other appliances and electric equipment. Refrigerator and freezer doors should also be kept closed and all unnecessary lighting should be turned off, health and safety permitting.

The company suggested customers also reduce their water use due to the need for electricity to pump and process water. For electric vehicle owners, charging should be delayed if possible until after the emergency shutoffs, SDG&E said.

SDG&E offers more safety tips to keep in mind during an outage here.

Friday marked the first time since 2011 that California has ordered rolling power outages.

According to SDG&E, the Flex Alert until Monday night was issued earlier to warn people to conserve energy, but because there wasn't enough energy conserved the state decided to issue rolling outages.

SDG&E added that San Diego County's backcountry and rural areas will not be affected in the foreseeable future because they are high fire risk areas. The company warns that the weekend could potentially brig more rolling blackouts if the state decides to do so.