Various regions recovering from early January outages

Power was knocked out to 101,000 in Southeast; 91,000 in California

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A winter storm producing snow, freezing rain, and gusting winds knocked out power to at least 101,114 customers across the southeast beginning on Friday with affects lingering into Monday, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).

The governors of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina issued executive orders waiving motor vehicle regulations to ensure restoration of utility services and transportation of essentials, according to a regular infrastructure report from DOE.

Southern (NYSE:SO) utility Georgia Power, the hardest hit utility with at least 67,500 customer outages, said it had restored more than 98% of all impacted customers by Saturday evening, Jan. 7, DOE reported.

A major storm producing rain, snow, and winds knocked out power to at least 91,000 Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) customers in Northern California beginning on Saturday with affects continuing into Monday, DOE said.

The majority of outages were due to high winds causing trees, branches, and other debris to fly into power lines. As of 3:30 p.m. EST on Monday, 32,215 customers remained without power, according to DOE.

Other significant outages were reported in the states of Washington, Colorado and Louisiana.

Wayne Barber
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Wayne Barber

Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants.

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