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NEWS ADVISORY

Date: Aug. 30, 2007

Contact: Jeff Hood, communications specialist, (209) 333-6801; George Morrow, electric utility director, 333-6762.

Subject: Power outages

Lodi suffers second power outage in as many days

LODI -- Hot weather is the suspected culprit for power outages that affected 2,700 Lodi Electric Utility customers Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday's outage, affecting customers on two circuits between Lower Sacramento Road and Mills Avenue, and from Cochran Road to Century Boulevard, affected 1,400 customers of the utility's 27,000 metered customers. It began at 5:37 p.m.

Most of the city's customers had power restored by 7:08 p.m., with the final customer's power restored at 10:51 p.m. The cause of the outage to approximately 800 customers was traced to aging conduit in a transformer vault at Vine Street and Laver Court, and a failed electrical switch in a cabinet at Mills Avenue and Century Boulevard caused the outage for another 600.

Lodi Electric Utility crews were working on the circuits Thursday to prepare them for continued high energy demands related to this week's heat wave.

Thursday's outage, which occurred at 12:22 p.m., affected 1,300 customers southwest of Kettleman Lane and Mills Avenue. A blown circuit fuse was determined to be the outage cause and power to the final 28 customers was restored at 3:19 p.m.

 

 

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