Transbay cable may have caused citywide power surge 

Power flickered throughout The City at around 11 a.m. Friday morning – at exactly the moment PG&E was testing its new transbay cable.

The power company is investigating whether the test caused the flicker, said PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian.

They are still investigating the extent of the flicker and how many people lost power for longer than a moment, but Sarkissian said people throughout the city were affected.

The half-billion dollar transbay cable was laid late last year through the Bay in order to connect San Francisco’s electrical grid with power plants in Pittsburg. It could provide 40 percent of San Francisco’s power needs and is expected to be up and running by March, PG&E has stated.

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