BERKELEY (CBS SF) — A large-scale power outage affected over 7,000 customers in Berkeley and smaller outages affected thousands in other cities, according to PG&E.
At 9:20 p.m. Tuesday evening, 11,912 customers were still being affected. The full breakdown by region follows below:READ MORE: UPDATE: Fremont Sexual Assault Suspect Now Charged in 3rd Case; Additional Victims Sought
- San Francisco – 11
- Peninsula – 1,035
- North Bay – 1,414
- East Bay – 8,725
- South Bay – 727
- Bay Area Total – 11,912
On PG&E’s electric outage report map, an area of Berkeley south of the UC Berkeley campus was reported to be affecting 7,363 customers. The outage began at 3:57 p.m., the map said.
PG&E said they are investigating the cause of the outage. The utility estimates that power will be restored to the affected area by 7:15 p.m. Tuesday evening.
By 5:45 p.m., the outage map indicated that most of the power had been restored in the area.
Two outages in Benicia were affecting 5,830 customers around 6:30 p.m. The utility estimated power would be restored by 9:30 p.m.READ MORE: A Surprise Hit, Filipino-Theme Home Movie Filmed in Daly City Spawns Sequel
In the East Bay, three separate outages in Orinda and Lafayette were affecting around 2,286 customers, according to the outage map. Those outages also began shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Another outage in Livermore that began at 4:26 p.m. was affecting 1,886 customers. PG&E said the outage was caused by the weather.
In Vallejo, just northeast of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, an outage was affecting 992 customers. Power was estimated to be restored by 6:15 p.m., PG&E said.
Two outages in Fairfield were affecting over 2,290 customers and started around 4 p.m.
A statewide Flex Alert was issued Tuesday by the California Independent System Operator Corporation, calling for voluntary electricity conservation from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday.MORE NEWS: COVID Reopening: East Bay Moviegoers Carefully Step Back Into Theaters
Customers were urged to conserve electricity during the hot Tuesday afternoon, a time when air conditioners are typically at peak use. Because of the widespread use of the appliances, ISO said it anticipates energy demand reaching a peak of 42,8000 megawatts Tuesday evening.