Outage cause may be power overload | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Outage cause may be power overload

Sierra Pacific Power is investigating whether an outage of 1,100 customers in the Tahoe Keys area was a result of too many people using their air conditioners.

The first of two outages happened on Thursday and lasted 21Ú2 hours, from 5:30 p.m. until about 8 p.m. A repair crew was dispatched and discovered not damaged but turned itself off, much like a circuit breaker, said Sierra Pacific spokeswoman Faye Andersen.

“They did an extensive check and couldn’t find anything,” Andersen said of the Thursday outage.

A second outage, affecting the same number homes, happened at 4:45 p.m. on Friday and lasted until about 6:30 p.m. Work crews again looked for a problem and discovered the line powered itself off.

The outage may be a case of a circuit overload, Andersen said. If it is determined that too much power is going into a single circuit, Sierra Pacific will make adjustments to “balance out the amount of energy that people are using,” she said.

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