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Fallen tree causes power outage for nearly 900 Palo Alto Utilities customers

Original post made on Jan 23, 2023

A fallen tree caused nearly 900 Palo Alto Utilities customers to lose power late Sunday night.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, January 23, 2023, 8:42 AM

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 23, 2023 at 9:41 am

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Just another 10 hour minor inconvenience for residents!

Our bills go up but our service deteriorates. Getting our power supply more dependable should be top priority. This is the heart of Silicon Valley, not a third world country! In fact, most other countries have more reliable power than we do.

Posted by Rose
a resident of Mayfield
on Jan 23, 2023 at 10:34 am

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Our service didn’t deteriorate, we had extraordinary weather.

Posted by Mondoman
a resident of Green Acres
on Jan 23, 2023 at 10:35 am

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I suspect the recently spotted beavers :)

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 23, 2023 at 11:28 am

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1) Where do the plans stand for more undergrounding of the wires?

2) How's CPAU doing with issuing refunds for the continuing outages?

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 23, 2023 at 5:22 pm

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I agree we have had worse weather than normal, which means that we have had more power outages than normal.

Knowing the problems and the fact that any surplus funds are transferred to the City, the wise thing to do with these surplus funds is to spend them on undergrounding the wires. Whenever it rains, someone loses power. That is not right!

Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of another community
on Jan 23, 2023 at 5:46 pm

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It's "only" 900 customers.

Posted by marc665
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 23, 2023 at 9:00 pm

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Lets see: $20 million a year siphoned out of the Utilities department that should have paid for maintenance. Now the city says the reserves are low and they have to raise rates to do maintenance. The city must have hired former PG&E management.


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