Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Southern California's NBC 4 gives us the reason for yesterday's blackout in Los Angeles. It's safe to say some heads rolled over this one:

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials said an outage Monday afternoon was linked to human error at a receiving station.

Power officials reported outages from the San Fernando Valley to downtown Los Angeles. Workers connected the wrong wires, causing a surge of power that led to shutdowns at three power generating stations, according to officials.

Receiving stations take high-voltage power from generating stations and convert it to lower voltage. It can then be used throughout the city.

Ron Deaton, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, said the system is designed to shut down when it receives too much power.

"They connected it to another line that was not expecting that much electricity," said Deaton.

Power to DWP customers went out at about 1 p.m.

DWP: Workers Trigger Outage By Connecting Wrong Wires