Power restored to downtown San Diego after overnight outage

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SAN DIEGO – Power was out in part of downtown San Diego early Sunday as 3,700 San Diego Gas and Electric customers lost electricity for about six hours.

And in Borrego Springs, customers were blacked out at 9:30 p.m. Saturday when a pole failed and an innovative “micro-grid project” did not carry the load, SDG&E officials said.

The downtown outage saw about 2,200 customers without power from about 10:30 p.m. Saturday until about 5:20 a.m. Sunday, according to SDG&E spokeswoman Allison Torres. Another 1,500 customers had service restored within about 30 minutes after the outage began.

San Diego Fire Rescue firefighters and a SDG&E crew responded to the 700 block of Kettner Boulevard to investigate a report of sparking at an electrical equipment site. Crews determined the cause of the outage originated at that location, but they had not yet determined what caused it.

The areas affected included Horton Plaza, Golden Hill and stretching all the way to Balboa Park, Torres said.

Additionally, the entire town of Borrego Springs was without power after a chain reaction of events began with a broken power pole at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

A micro grid project designed to keep the area powered, failed. Only one other line feeds electricity to the desert valley, and that was where the pole was down.

The outage affected 3,000 SDG&E customers and was expected to be restored before noon Sunday, according to Torres. Crews were working to determine why the back-up micro grid failed.