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An Alternative View: The power outage: From a lemon to lemonade

Original post made on Apr 2, 2021

At 5 p.m. on March 27, my power went out, along with 7,000 other Palo Altans. What followed is a fun tale of how people react to a power loss.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 2, 2021, 6:54 AM

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Posted by Dakota
a resident of another community
on Apr 2, 2021 at 8:34 am

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"What I learned from this experience:"

That things like this occur from time to time and oftentimes it is the fault of no one?


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2021 at 8:45 am

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It is now almost a week since this happened and we still know no more than a substation problem. It happened late Saturday afternoon, not at a busy time during the week when children were at school, people were working, commuters were starting to go home, or when it would have been much more inconvenient to us all. Power is a necessity and during the pandemic when people are working from home and much more dependent on their devices, this inconvenience can cost money, waste time, and be the cause of considerable disruption. Those of us who lived in Palo Alto at the time, can remember the disruption caused by plane crash in East Palo Alto which caused the whole of Palo Alto to be without power for 12 hours. That type of incident could still happen again as our power supply is that delicate.

It is incomprehensible to me as to how inefficient our supply is and yet the touting of EVs and banning gas is still being done.

It is incomprehensible to me that the excuse of problem in a substation is an adequate excuse for this. Was it a software problem? Was it a hardware problem? Was it human error? We deserve to be told.

It is incomprehensible to me that nobody demands that our power supply be improved. The fact that it happens from time to time and we have to live with it is just wrong.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Apr 2, 2021 at 8:56 am

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CPAU's update schedule for the outage mirrors that for notifying us about the hoops we have to jump through to apply for our refunds in the $12,000,000 judgment against them for "overcharging" us in the Miriam Green class action lawsuit.

To date, only ONE friend has been notified.


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 4, 2021 at 10:20 pm

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Sunday evening (Easter) another outage


Posted by W. Reller
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 5, 2021 at 3:24 pm

W. Reller is a registered user.

Great Article!
Much information, good questions, thanks Diana, great writing!


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 14, 2021 at 11:50 am

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And another last night.

People are getting very tired of these weekly inconveniences. It is time our utilities provided us with a world class service.


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