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.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.