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Thanks to Stephanie for passing on:

“A little PSA – just had a phishing scam. Someone “from Pepco” calling to reduce my bills by 30%, they just needed me to provide my Residential-R service number. Got off the phone and called Pepco to ask about it. Supposedly with that number they can hijack your account.”

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Thanks to all who messaged us. Fingers crossed for a 3pm restoration. You can view the pepco power outage map here.

Update from Alert DC:

“PEPCO reports the power outage has spread to the following neighbor hoods in addition to Lanier Heights: Mount Pleasant, Park View, Columbia Heights, Adams Morgan, Cardoza, and Kalorama. There are approximately 2277 customers affected with an estimated restoration time of 2:00 PM.”

Update #2: “PEPCO has updated their reported outages to be only Mount Pleasant with 419 customers affected and Adams Morgan with 272 customers affected. There is an estimated restoration time of 5:00 PM.”

Update #3: “PEPCO has updated their reported outages to be only the Adams Morgan area with 272 customers affected. There is an estimated restoration time of 5:00 PM.”

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Thanks to Christina (and everyone else) for sending:

“1414 17th St NW (Brunswick House) residents and neighboring buildings were evacuated at 4:30AM due to underground explosions. A loud bang (presumably a manhole cover blowing off) that shook the building woke up residents, followed by fire alarms and lights flickering. The police were keeping residents on P street and discouraged anyone from standing close to any manholes in the area. We were allowed to re-enter the building around 5AM, although there is no electricity.” Read More

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Been getting tons of messages over the weekend and this one pretty much sums it up:

Power went out in Capitol Hill for the fourth time in a week. What’s going on??”

Last message I saw from AlertDC said: “PEPCO crews continue to work on restoring power to the affected customers in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The estimated restoration time is 9AM.”

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power outage at DCUSA by Rachael Senning

I’m getting messages from people who have lost power in Columbia Heights, LeDroit Park, Bloomingdale, Shaw, Woodley Park, Mount Pleasant, U Street, Cleveland Park and Dupont.


see outage map here

Early reports of restoration are for 7pm. Updates as more is known.


U Street metro dark by Rob Tricchinelli


Thank God for DCFD. Photo by Holly Gerrity

Update 3:15pm from Puck Buddys: “Power just restored at 13th & U.”

Getting reports 17th and U, Mount Pleasant and parts of Columbia Heights have also been restored.

From Alert DC:

“Pepco reports multiple power outages in the NW quadrant of the District due a possible failure at a substation located at 13th St NW at Florida Ave NW. Approximately, 31,000 customers are impacted. There is no restoration information to report at this time. Updates are to follow.”

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The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.


Photo by David McAuley

At its regularly-scheduled meeting September 4, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6E/Shaw voted to table a decision on a proposed new electricity substation at K and First Streets NW, in Mount Vernon Square. The vote took place after PEPCO representatives and local residents argued over whether electromagnetic radiation from the plant will pose a danger to the community.

The ANC is involved because PEPCO must get zoning relief in order to construct the substation. The footprint, height, and setback of the building are within what PEPCO may build without seeking zoning relief, but the current plans do not include as many spaces for cars and bicycles as required, nor do the plans meet the requirements for a trash room. However, since the building will be mostly “unmanned”, it was argued, normal building requirements are not relevant in these categories.

A team from PEPCO, led by Vice President for Government and External Affairs Mark Battle, presented first.

“A substation is not a power plant,” Battle said.

Battle also said there will soon not be enough capacity from existing substations, given development in the Mount Vernon Square area. Read More

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