LMUD to energize portions of system, limited power available

UPDATE 4:50 p.m. Monday: LMUD will be energizing portions of our system for short periods of time, and rolling blackouts may be possible. Due to the limited amount of power available, power will be on intermittently throughout today and into tonight, LMUD announced Monday afternoon. 

HLP is still working on testing equipment and starting the power plant. If they are able to stabilize their plant, we may be able to re-energize our system.

However, if they are not able to fully restore operations we will experience rolling blackouts. Operations will be working throughout the night to coordinate the energizing of circuits with available power as capacity allows.

“Due to the unpredictable nature of the power load and supply, we will not be able to provide information as to when specific areas will be energized,” LMUD wrote. “PG&E has advised us that the emergency power that they are currently supplying our system is very limited and may become unavailable without notice. If you have power, please use it wisely. Do not use major appliances such as clothes washers and dishwashers. If you are on a well, fill bathtubs and other containers with fresh water. Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed. Again, we thank you for your patience during this difficult time. We will provide you with as much information as we can throughout this situation.”

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LMUD has begun the process of restoring limited power to our system.

PG&E was able to provide a small amount of emergency power, allowing us to energize crucial infrastructure, including the hospital, 911 call center, Lassen Community College (evacuation center for Beckwourth Complex), Lassen Nursing and Rehabilitation, and the Antelope Mountain communications center. HLP is in the process of testing equipment and preparing to restart.

“Please be aware that, because of their proximity to essential services, some businesses and residences are now receiving power. Due to the limited capacity of the emergency power allotment, we are not able to energize our entire system,” wrote LMUD. “As soon as we know the status of HLP, we will assess the situation and hopefully begin the process of re-energization.”