Poll: Are You Confident SDG&E Can Avoid Another Major Blackout?

Federal report urges fixes, and utility president agrees—but deflects blame for the outage.

A federal report on the September 2011 blackout found “grid operators’ lack of adequate real-time situational awareness of conditions throughout the Western Interconnection.” Two agencies called for “more effective review and use of information.” SDG&E President Mike Niggli on Tuesday said his utility would expedite the recommended fixes in planning and coordination with other utilities but deflected blame—saying his company’s system “operated the way it was designed and should have.”  Are you confident a massive outage won’t happen again?

Larry May 03, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I have 0 confidence in SDG&E, in any regard. If I could afford it, I'd go solar and flip them the bird.
Jay Berman May 03, 2012 at 07:46 PM
SDG+E is in the business of MOVING electricity, this is how they make their money because our electric system in this state is so screwed up from the deregulation fiasco 12 years ago, it was never fixed. SDG+E imports as much as it can and that is a detriment to our electric security. The Sunrise Powerlink should never have been built, for $2B we could have built 2000Mw of 7/24 natural gas generation right here in the county, instead we will be importing Sempra generated electric from Baja and Nevada. Sempra / SDG+E literally steals from the ratepayer to enrich the stockholder. I am all for the free market but SDG+E is a monopoly owned by a multi faceted energy company. The Smart Meters cost us about half a billion bucks, we, the ratepayer pays for them, SDG+E saves an incredible amount of money not having to read meters manually and passes nothing back to the ratepayer .. to make matters worse, if you want to opt out they want to charge us $10 to send the meter reader ... crooks ... Sempra builds the Palomar Energy plant .. marks it up and sells it to SDG+E for a hefty profit I'm sure SDG+E is making a pretty penny on Sunrise that we are paying for renewable sources of electicity was just the excuse to build it .. now they refuse to pay claims from the blackout and they want to shirk their responsibility to the victims of the fires SDG+E needs to be fully divested from Sempra into an independent utility owned by stockholders or ratepayers ..
Ed Sorrels May 03, 2012 at 08:14 PM
LOL, Of course I am, It is just a coincidense that my wife bought me a 3500 watt genset for my birthday.
Batman May 04, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Can you avoid a flat tire? This happened in 1979 when a mistake shut down the South Bay Power Plant. It happened last year when a mistake shut down the Southwest Power Link. The 1979 incident darkened SDG&E's entire service area. Last years incident darkend that and a little bit more. In the 1970s SDG&E generated all their own power right here in the county. Today SDG&E and most other power companies share power over a large interstate grid. A mistake, or sabbotage, in Utah or Idaho could not only darken all of San Diego, but the entire western United States. There is no foolproof system. But the more independent the power companies are the more reliable the overall system will be. And that means generating all the power we need right here.
Komfort May 04, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Independent tires are more flat resistant than interconnected tires.
Batman May 04, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I'm saying it's better to have your own tires than to share with your neighbors.
carol flatmo May 04, 2012 at 07:45 PM
No I am not confident they can avoid it.It is a huge line connection and it is run by humans. we all make mistakes from time to time.
Tom Yarnall May 04, 2012 at 08:39 PM
What a sacrifice we all face with a few hours or a few days of blackout. Would that be tragic? If you want to worry about something really tragic think about the 14.5% of employable citizens who can't find a job. Many are older people who struggle just to keep food on the table and may never be able to return to the workforce. The younger ones face a lifetime of lower wage with little hope for advancement. I don't worry about SDG&E, but do worry about the direction of the country.
Batman May 04, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Yeah, the people who could be employed if we were building power plants, right here in town.
Batman May 04, 2012 at 11:23 PM
And the people who could be employed in manufaturing if electricity was cheaper and the grid was more reliable. Electricity puts people to work Mr. Tom. And cheaper electricity puts more people to work. Viva Thomas Edison!
CaptD May 05, 2012 at 03:45 PM
The more local Solar (of all flavors) the better the energy supply because then a outage in one location for any reason like Man, fire or Earth Quake will not shut down the entire grid! SDG&E/Sempra/SCE hate this idea since they want to control all Energy and profit by doing so... Here is just one way they are ripping all of us off: Many, many more would install Solar if the Utilities paid those that installed Solar for the energy they put INTO the grid, at the very same rate that the Utility charges for that same Energy to folks that take Energy OUT of the Grid! By not paying the same amount, the Utility shareholders receive additional money they do not deserve and the folks that have installed solar end up with a much longer payback period! You can be sure if these Utilities operate their own Solar Farms, they will pay themselves every penny they can... Remember Solar usually adds Energy during peak period of use (daytime) and it is only fair that if the Utility charges more for Energy used during that period (by using Smart meters) then they should also credit that exact amount to those with Solar that add Energy during those periods! It is time to STOP THE SOLAR ENERGY RIPOFF! http://is.gd/eQog1d
Things I Learned May 05, 2012 at 04:52 PM
SDG&E should not buy electricity wholesale from large producers when they can buy it retail from thousands of small ones who have made foolish investments.
CaptD May 05, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Happy B-Day and Some Suggestions: 1. After you run it in, consider using synthetic oil because it has a very long "hang time" (keeping the oil on all the moving parts instead of running into the sump) so when you do start it up it will be starting "dry" (no oil). 2. Use Stable or some other gasoline stabilizer so that the fuel will not go bad during the long storage periods that you are not using the genset. 3. Buy several air filters and or pre-filters (if available) so you will be all ready should things get bad, because you and your genset will be very popular...
CaptD May 05, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Ditto! I be more and more folks feel the same way unless they are Utility shareholders or getting something from them...
Michael Cargill May 05, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I'm going solar. You can keep your fossil fuel!
Jimmy Sanders May 05, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Are you going to get taxpayer and utility financial help or go it alone with your own money and financing?
Komfort May 06, 2012 at 01:57 AM
"Off grid" or "grid tie"?
Komfort May 06, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Hey, shrinky link, what storage system does your solar system use?
Batman May 07, 2012 at 04:30 PM
The new plant is supposed to provide 100 megawatts on energy any time of the day or night. 100 megawatts worth of solar panels would cover 190 acres of land, with no gaps to allow sunlight to reach the plants below. It would take 92,000+ deep-cycle automotive batteries to provide 100 megawatts of power, for ONE HOUR.
CaptD May 09, 2012 at 12:55 AM
One meltdown like Fukushima would spoil how many square miles of land in SoCal? What is that worth to you?
CaptD May 09, 2012 at 12:56 AM
How about the Nuclear Reactor rebuild mistakes at SORE?
CaptD May 09, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Ha Ha Ha How about all the other people that could be employed installing solar all over SoCal? You are just promoting for one industry, the same industry that has the worst safety record of and reactors in the USA!
Komfort May 09, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Think of what a meteor would do!! Let's outlaw them.
Things I Learned May 09, 2012 at 05:21 AM
San Onofre (2350 Megawatts) equals four Calico Solars (564 Megawatts) 4 Calico Solars @ 4600 acres each equals 19166 acres or 30 square miles spoiled due to day to day operations
Batman May 09, 2012 at 02:29 PM
It's well worth using fossil fuel and hydroelectric instead of nuclear fission.
SDGE Sux June 24, 2012 at 04:08 PM
It's June 24th 2012. And here in La Mesa we've had a blackout 3 weeks ago and we just came out of one last night
CaptD June 24, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Local blackouts are not due to the SORE (San Onofre Reactor Emergency), but problems with the grid (wiring, transformers etc)....


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