Oceanside CA– A power outage affected approximately 1,000 SDG&E customers in the San Luis Rey area of Oceanside shortly after 2:25 a.m., Saturday morning. Power was restored shortly before 4:00 a.m., to most customers and as of 6:00 a.m., less than 100 were without power. No word on the cause of the outage.
San Diego Gas & Electric has joined with the Department of Energy (DOE) and other utilities to provide information about power outages in a standard national format for enhanced use by costumers and first-responders. SDG&E already provides real-time data about power outages to the public on its website. This new national standard will integrate this information with other platforms and users, such as first responders, public health officials and third-party websites and search engines for greater consistency and easier usage.
There are many public safety uses for this kind of outage information. For example, first responders need easy-to-use information about power outages as quickly as possible. This new standard will provide common information that all agencies can use to know where outages are occurring and what to expect when they arrive on the scene.
This enhanced access to outage information also will allow customers to track outages more effectively and integrate this information into other data fields. For example, customers who use Google Crisis Maps will be able to track power outages alongside storms and other emergencies throughout the country, giving them greater insight into all levels of an emergency situation. The enhanced data will allow customers traveling from different areas of the country to check if any power outages or other emergencies may be occurring in their area.
In addition to outage information, SDG&E continues to expand on its commitment to Green Button technology, which provides customers with detailed individual energy usage information. Both Green Button Download My Data and Green Button Connect My Data tools are available to SDG&E residential and business customers to manage their energy use and find new ways to save energy and money. Customers can log into My Account and authorize 16 third-party apps to receive and analyze their energy data automatically, which will help them discover new ways to conserve energy. To date, SDG&E customers have conducted more than 48,000 downloads of their energy usage data.
SDG&E will continue to provide information about power outages [Link] to promote public safety and customers’ ability to conserve energy, which enhances the local community and environment.