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More Rolling Blackouts Are Possible Today

September 13, 2004|From a Times Staff Writer

Rolling blackouts might hit eight areas today as Southern California Edison struggles to fix two transformers that failed Friday and Saturday, a company spokesman said.

The transformers, which convert higher voltages to levels used by homes and businesses, serve Moorpark, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Malibu, Calabasas and Newbury Park. Each hour, about 5,000 customers may be affected, spokesman Gil Alexander said Sunday.

The company did not need to cut power Sunday thanks to cooler temperatures, some creative engineering that tapped into another transformer and, apparently, people heeding calls to conserve, Alexander said.

Demand will surge today, however, as the workweek begins, and Alexander asked residents to continue reducing their power use at least through Wednesday, when one of the transformers may be replaced.

Edison has not determined what caused the problems with the transformers.

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