July 23, 2021 1:40 AM
As of approximately 1:00AM power has been restored to all customers. HLP has completed repairs and is back online.
We remain islanded with HLP as the Caribou is still offline due to the Dixie Fire.
If you are still without power please call 257-4174 to report an outage.
July 22, 2021 4:30pm
LMUD remains on emergency power. We will continue with rolling blackouts throughout tonight. Due to the Dixie Fire, our connection to the grid remains unstable and may fail without notice. Our operations department has been in contact with HLP – progress has been made on repairs. HLP is testing their equipment and will provide us with an update tomorrow morning. This post will be updated at 8:30am Friday the 23rd.
July 22, 2021 8:15am
As of this morning our system remains on emergency power. We will continue rolling blackouts and intermittent power. Due to the Dixie Fire, our connection to the grid is fragile, and may fail without notice. Unless conditions change, we will update this message again at 4:30pm today.
July 21, 2021 6:30pm
PG&E has informed LMUD’s operations department that we will continue to receive our allotment of emergency power throughout tonight and possibly into tomorrow. Due to the Dixie Fire our connection to the grid remains fragile. However, through collaboration and a desire to ensure our community has even a small amount of power, PG&E has worked diligently and creatively with LMUD staff to find solutions in this most trying situation.
In the interest of continuity, we are updating this message twice a day, at 8:30am and again at 4:30pm. At this time, we do not have any new information to report. Our status remains the same as this morning's update. Customers can expect rolling blackouts (intermittent power) as long as our power supply holds. Our next update will be at 8:30am tomorrow morning, or if new information becomes available before then. There is still no estimated time of full restoration.
July 21, 2021 8:30am
As of this morning, our status remains the same. Barring any catastrophic event, we will continue to receive emergency power from PG&E. Customers can expect intermittent power as long as we have power. There is still no estimated time of full restoration.
July 20, 2021 7:45pm
PG&E has been working with LMUD’s operations department regarding our current power situation. In a collaborative effort, PG&E has re-evaluated their power supply, and has determined that LMUD will remain on emergency power throughout tonight. Our operations department will continue to rotate power throughout our system. Barring any catastrophic event, customers can expect intermittent power as supply and load allows. Again, we thank you for your patience and understanding in this difficult situation. We also thank PG&E for their support and willingness to work with us so that we may provide power to our community.
July 20, 2021: 4:00pm
PG&E has informed our operations center that due to the Dixie Fire; their infrastructure is facing imminent failure by 7:00pm tonight. This means that LMUD will lose our emergency power, leaving the entire system dark. There is no estimate for how long this situation will last, or when power will be restored to our system. Honey Lake Power continues to work on repairing their plant. There is no estimate on when, or if repairs can be made. At this time, we are advising customers to prepare to be without power for several days if not longer.
July 20, 2021: 8:30am
LMUD is still under rolling blackouts and intermittent power. There is no known time of full power restoration. We have been, and will continue to, provide 2-3 hour blocks of power to customers as supply and load allows. Due to the nature of the situation, we are unable to provide exact times of when your power will be on. Again, we thank you for your patience and understanding.
July 19, 2021: 6:00pm
Due to unexpected delays to the repairs of Honey Lake Power, the estimated time of full power restoration is now unknown. We are still attempting to provide intermittent power to customers throughout tonight and into tomorrow with the emergency power allotment from PG&E. We will update as more information becomes available.
July 19, 2021: 4:00pm
LMUD will be energizing portions of our system for short periods of time. Due to the limited amount of power available, power will be on intermittently throughout today and into tonight. HLP is still working on testing equipment and starting the power plant. If they are able to stabilize their plant, we may be able to re-energize our system. However, if they are not able to fully restore operations we will experience rolling blackouts. PG&E has advised us that the emergency power that they are currently supplying our system is very limited and may become unavailable without notice. If you have power, please use it wisely. Do not use major appliances such as clothes washers and dishwashers. If you are on a well, fill bathtubs and other containers with fresh water. Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed. Again, we thank you for your patience during this difficult time. We will provide you with as much information as we can throughout this situation.
July 19, 2021: 2:00pm
LMUD has begun the process of restoring limited power to our system. PG&E has been able to provide a small amount of emergency power, allowing us to energize crucial infrastructure, including the hospital, 911 call center, Lassen Community College (designated evacuation center), Lassen Nursing and Rehabilitation, and the Antelope Mountain communications center. HLP is in the process of testing equipment and preparing to restart. Please be aware that, because of their proximity to essential services, some businesses and residences are now receiving power. Due to the limited capacity of the emergency power allotment, we are not able to energize our entire system. As soon as we know the status of HLP, we will assess the situation and hopefully begin the process of re-energization.
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 9pm tonight. We will post more information as it becomes available.
HLP has made repairs to their 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. We are still advising customers to expect power to be out for the remainder of today and possibly into this evening. This may change and we will keep you updated as information becomes available. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
At approximately 7:00pm on 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. We are unable to reconnect to the PG&E Caribou transmission line leaving our system without a viable power source.
We are working with HLP and PG&E to assess the situation, however, we are advising all customers, that at this time, they should prepare for an extended outage lasting at least 24 hours and possibly longer.
We will keep the community updated as information is made available to us.