System wide LMUD outage could continue through Monday, utility shares

UPDATE 11:30 a.m. Monday: PG&E has informed LMUD that they will be able to provide emergency power to the LMUD system in order for HLP to test repaired equipment. This process could take several hours. If equipment holds, we expect power to be restored by 8 or 9 p.m. tonight. We will post more information as it becomes available.

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The system wide power outage affecting Lassen Muncipal Utility District customers might continue through Monday, the utility announced.

At approximately 7 p.m. Sunday, July 18, Honey Lake Power experienced an equipment failure causing a system-wide outage for Lassen Municipal Utility District.

Due to wildfires, LMUD has been receiving power from HLP since July 13 and is unable to reconnect to the PG&E Caribou transmission line leaving the system without a viable power source.

LMUD advised customers they should prepare for an extended outage lasting at least 24 hours and possibly longer.

Early Monday morning, the utility announced Honey Lake Power had made the repairs to equipment; However, they are not able to start the plant without power from PG&E. LMUD’s operations center is working with PG&E and HLP to coordinate efforts to provide HLP with enough power to test the repaired equipment and hopefully restart the plant.

The estimated time of restoration to the LMUD system remains the same. It is still advising customers to expect power to be out for the remainder of today and possibly into this evening.

This may change and the utility shared it will keep customers updated as information becomes available.