Power outage on Lake Tahoe South Shore, Douglas County
December 16, 2017
Equipment issues with NV Energy appear to have been the cause of power outages in South Lake Tahoe Saturday evening.
Liberty officials were placing calls to NV Energy Saturday night, a sign that crews determined the cause originated in Nevada, Kathy Carter, a spokeswoman for Liberty Utilities in California, told the Tribune.
NV Energy reported on its website Saturday night that equipment failure was the cause of a widespread outage in its service area. However, it did not specify if the equipment issues also caused outages in South Lake Tahoe and Meyers, which are served by Liberty.
Saturday’s outage was fairly brief for some people, with power being restored within 30 minutes.
There was a longer outage in South Lake Tahoe due to a tree falling on a pole Saturday, according to Carter. Liberty crews had to replace the pole and fuses. Thirteen customers were impacted in that incident.
More than 7,700 homes and businesses in Douglas County lost electricity on Saturday night, as did an unknown number of people in South Lake Tahoe.
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NV Energy reported on its website that equipment failure caused the outage in its service area. One of the locations was the substation along Muller Lane just west of the Minden Gardnerville Sanitation Pond.
It’s unclear if the equipment issue in Nevada caused the outages in South Lake Tahoe and elsewhere on the California side of the state line. Liberty Utilities, the utility provider on the California side of Lake Tahoe, did not immediately respond to inquires Saturday night on the cause of the outage.
Power went out in South Lake Tahoe, Meyers, Stateline, Kingsbury, Genoa and Minden north of the Carson Valley Inn at 8:40 p.m. Many people posting on social media reported power restoration around 9 p.m. Other posts stated power issues were being experienced as far as Reno.
Strong wind gusts continued to sweep across the region Saturday evening.
A lake wind advisory issued by the National Weather Service will remain in effect until 10 a.m. Sunday. East to northeast winds are expected to range from 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as strong as 40 mph.
As of 9:10 p.m., the NV Energy reported electricity would be restored by 11:30 p.m. for those customers who were still out.
Record-Courier Editor Kurt Hildebrand (email@example.com) and Tribune Editor Ryan Hoffman (firstname.lastname@example.org) contributed to this report.