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Frequently asked questions about the campus power outage

By District Energy posted 10-15-2019 16:41


Public Affairs, Berkeley News


UC Berkeley campus is largely without power today, Friday, Oct. 11, due to PG&E’s efforts to prevent wildfires fanned by high winds.  The following FAQ provides answers to some of the key questions being asked about classes, facilities, emergency communications and the campus’s power supply.

The latest updates on the situation, along with resources for students, researchers and staff, can be found on the Berkeley News homepage.

When are classes and campus operations likely to resume?

Classes and campus operations will resume once PG&E restores power service to the campus. PG&E has told campus officials that it will begin restoring power today, but we do not know exactly when the power will be fully restored. Members of the campus community should watch for WarnMe/Nixle messages and the monitor Berkeley News for the latest updates.

How will we make up for the lost days of instruction?

We are looking into using some of the days during the Reading, Review and Recitation week as well as the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to make up for the lost days of instruction. This decision will be made in consultation with the Academic Senate.

The lights are on. Why can’t I do my work?

The campus is operating on very limited backup power from portable generators and our cogeneration plant, which supplies the campus with steam heat and electricity. The cogeneration plant does not have sufficient capacity to fully power campus. What little power we have must be used for life-safety needs and to preserve critical research infrastructure.

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