CPUC ISSUES REPORT ON 2011 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON OUTAGES

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by The California Public Utilities Commission and
received via e-mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
CPUC Information Alert: CPUC Issues Final Staff Report in the
Investigation of Southern California Edison’s Outages of Nov. 30
and Dec. 1, 2011 
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued a
final staff report regarding prolonged power outages in the
service area of Southern California Edison (SCE) following the
Nov. 30th and Dec. 1, 2011, windstorms, which knocked down
utility facilities and uprooted trees. 
The CPUC’s Consumer Protection and Safety Division (CPSD) (now
renamed Safety and Enforcement Division) investigated the cause
of the failed poles, SCE’s restoration effort, and SCE’s
communication with the general public and governmental agencies
during the incident. 
The report is available in the Recent News box at
www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/safety/Electric/index.htm. 
As outlined in the report, CPSD determined that SCE and
Communication Infrastructure Providers, who jointly own poles in
SCE’s service territory, violated safety factor requirements.
CPSD found that SCE’s restoration time was inadequate, the
information in SCE’s emergency procedures was not up to date,
and SCE personnel did not follow the training schedule outlined
in its Local Public Affairs Plan.  SCE also did not ask for
mutual assistance from other utilities. 
The report will be used to guide the CPUC’s Safety and
Enforcement Division in its work with SCE to resolve the
problems identified and implement the recommendations.  If the
Safety and Enforcement Division is unable to obtain satisfactory
compliance from SCE, the Safety and Enforcement Division intends
to request that the CPUC open an Order Instituting Investigation
to consider formal enforcement action and potential financial
penalties. 
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Terrie Prosper
Director, News and Public Information Office
California Public Utilities Commission
Press Line: (415) 703-1366
tdp@cpuc.ca.gov 
(sgp) NY 
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