Sympathies to our Cousins in Columbia Heights – Another Power Outage

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Power outages continue to plague parts of Columbia Heights at the most inopportune times. Last night on twitter lots of Columbia Heights residents tweeted us news of another power outage. @cafedarkness at Lamont and 11th St, NW first let us know around 7:15pm. In addition to parts of 11th Street @nnaroosa later tweeted:

“recent outages along 13th street as well with no restoration estimate #hotmess”

The frustration was echoed on the Columbia Heights listserv this morning:

“Last summer you along with other Pepco executives came to our neighborhood in Columbia Heights DC to discuss the Pepco work done to increase capacity of underground feeders from 4kV to 13–

Our neighborhood sat on the sidelines of messy, loud, and intrusive work for months.

Roads were blocked, cars ticketed and towed without notice — all in the name of the Harvard Conversion project to provide increased capacity.

Since Pepco completed their work last summer we experienced a series of brownouts and a number of blackouts.

This didn’t happen before Pepco did work in our neighborhood.

Fast forward to this evening 6/18 a hot day and night — and our power has been out since 11pm– it’s now 6 am. The longest outage to date (and still not fixed)

Could you pls explain what is being done to provide a reliable power supply to the CH neighborhood?”

Pepco’s response at 8:45am:

“We have identified the cause of the outage. It is due to a failed transformer and the new transformer is enroute to be set. I will update you on the Estimated Time of Restoration.

I do understand the impact and will be looking into this further.”

5 Comment

  • Never lost power on 16th st., but did receive an automated call from pepco asking if my power was restored.

  • We were without power in Mt. Pleasant on Monday evening from 6:00 pm until 2:30 am. Despite contacting customer service several times, they never did give us a reason for the outage. It’s nice knowing my high rates are going toward making their services more reliable…

  • Mug of Glop

    I was driving around the area last night at about 9:00 pm. Power was out on at least part of Kenyon between Georgia and Sherman and on Newton between 16th and 14th-ish. They actually had that stretch of Newton blocked off entirely. I had power on my block of Lamont at Sherman, though.

  • A lot of homes in the area use window A/C units, and those are going to kick into high gear as temperatures climb. The problem the city faces is that building owners don’t have an incentive to replace older appliances with new, more efficient ones, and renters don’t have much of an incentive to replace the outdated appliances in a building that they don’t own.

    Perhaps the city could consider an energy efficient tax credit/rebate if residents replace their old window units (and some in the area are super old) with more efficient ones. The federal government did that the other year, and I think that it was a big success.

  • Power is still out at 13th & Girard. Been out for 13 hours now.

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