July 9, 2017
As of 5 a.m. Sunday: LADWP crews worked through the night to clear multiple damaged conductors, circuit breakers and transformers at the scene of last night’s fire at Receiving Station J. Crews are currently completing work clearing the damaged equipment and inspecting all aspects of the station and will be able to begin the process of restoring power to the approximately 94,000 customers in areas of Northridge, Reseda, Lake Balboa, Tarzana, Granada Hills, Chatsworth, West Hills and Canoga Park who remain without power as a result of the incident. The current estimate for restoration of the majority of customers in the area without power is approximately 2-4 hours if no further problems occur as equipment is brought back online . The remaining customers will be restored as damaged equipment is isolated and re-energized and may be out for a longer period of time.
Receiving Station J is a major power hub located in the northern part of the San Fernando Valley’s Northridge/Reseda neighborhoods. High voltage power is brought into RS-J on transmission lines where it is then distributed at lower voltages to supply power to area residential and business customers. Its role in receiving power and distributing it is typical in electric utilities, but makes it more challenging to restore power due to damaged transmission and distribution electrical equipment. Due to the fire, RS-J was completely shut down last night at approximately 6:55 p.m. Initially, over 140,000 customers were without power. However, 50,000+ customers had their power restored at approximately 10 p.m. once grid operators were able to stabilize the power in the surrounding area.
We will continue to update customers on the status of repairs and restoration throughout this incident as work continues to restore service.
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