July 6, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman A transformer blowout left oil pouring into the Verdugo Wash and caused a power outage in north Glendale for hours on Friday, fire officials said. Hazardous Materials crews responded to the Fremont substation of Glendale Water and Power, 601 Hahn Ave., about 2:45 p.m. Friday after a transformer blew out the side of a 1,100-gallon oil tank. "Unfortunately, it dumped into a storm drain instead of into a secondary system," Battalion Chief Corey Creasey said.
April 4, 2005
Mark R. Madler Glendale -- Along city streets early Sunday morning, a 100,000-pound electrical transformer was moved to a power plant as a replacement for a transformer damaged last month. Escorted by four Glendale Police motorcycle officers and monitored by staff from Glendale Water and Power, the trailer hauling the transformer crossed over into opposing lanes of traffic to avoid striking stoplights. "I saw people peeking out their windows just for curiosity," said Ramon Abueg, the city's electrical services administrator.
April 1, 2005
Jackson Bell Glendale Water and Power officials have been unable to pinpoint the cause of three power outages in recent weeks, but they hope replacing a damaged transformer will solve the problems that left about 20,000 customers in the dark this week. A backup transformer weighing more than 100,000 pounds will be shipped from the Tropico substation in downtown Glendale to the Grayson power plant early Sunday morning to replace a broken generator, said Ramon Abueg, the city's principal electrical engineer.
October 4, 2006
Outage affects more than 13,000 residents A bird flew into a transformer on Saturday, causing 13,500 customers to lose power in La Crescenta and Montrose from 8:27 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., Saturday, city officials said. Workers cleaned and repaired the area at the Montrose substation within 45 minutes, said Ramon Abueg, Glendale Water and Power's electrical services administrator. A bird that looked like a crow or a raven flew into a small gap on the transformer, which generates 34,000 volts of energy.
July 3, 2000
Buck Wargo CITY HALL -- Two years ago, a damaged transformer put Glendale Water & Power officials on alert of the potential for power outages. The transformer, one of two in the city, receives power through Los Angeles from plants the city owns in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah and from Hoover Dam and Pacific Northwest hydroelectric plants. When it was knocked out of action, Glendale had to use Burbank as a backup for supplying power, and the city cranked up all eight generators at its Grayson Power Plant, where normally one or two would operate.
October 14, 2005
The other evening I was consulting a book in front of my computer screen with the TV on when there was a sudden "k-zz-zz-t" sound, and both screens and the book went dark. Patti Jo and I looked at our circuit breakers and they were still in the on position, so we walked out front and saw our neighbor Elaine out there too, and knew that our little group had gone Amish again. Up on Alta Laguna Boulevard, there's a strip of seven houses on our block which are connected to the same transformer, and periodically water gets into the transformer and all the power in our houses goes out. When this happens, it's poignant to look across the street and see the facing homes, bright and merry.
September 4, 2002
Alex Smothers NORTHWEST GLENDALE--Temperatures reached as high as 105 degrees over the Labor Day weekend, and some residents had to weather the heat without air-conditioning, thanks to power outages in the area. A two-block area around Royal Avenue went without power Sunday and much of Monday after a transformer blew at the Grandview substation, according to Glendale Water and Power electric superintendent Larry Wolfe. Several dozen residents, businesses and homes were affected.
April 8, 2005
Jackson Bell City officials say they have put an end to a string of power failures that caused large portions of the city to go dark four times in as many weeks. Rerouted high-voltage cables and a backup transformer set to be installed this weekend at Grayson power plant should keep the lights on without interruption, said Ramon Abueg, the city's electrical services administrator. "We believe that after we put in the transformer, everything should be back to normal circulation," Abueg said.
April 2, 2005
CITY HALL Power out, agents in Darkness, stolen signs and so-called undercover agents marked the week leading up to Glendale's April 5 municipal election. About a quarter of the city lost power for two hours Thursday due to a problem with a transformer at Grayson Power Plant. It was Glendale's third blackout in three weeks, and city officials believe the transformer is responsible for all three. The problems began March 8, when an animal got too close to the transformer and caught fire.