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California Utility Fined Three Times As Much As Arizona For 2011 Blackout

Arizona Public Service won’t be the only utility to pay a price for a major power outage three years ago. A Southern California utility will pay three times as much as APS.

The customer-owned utility serving the Imperial Valley of California will pay $12 million for its part in the blackout, which came amid a heat wave, with heavy power demand in September 2011.

The U-T San Diego reports the Imperial Irrigation District will pay $3 million to the U.S. Treasury and invest $9 million more dollars in reliability enhancements to the local electric grid. 

A settlement with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was announced Thursday.

FERC found failures in both the day-ahead and the real-time contingency plans of the Irrigation District. Federal officials also say the district has a prior history of violating reliability standards, including some of the same standards that led to the massive blackout.

APS last month agreed to a $3.25 million penalty for its part in the botched maintenance procedure that touched off the blackout, at a transmission switch yard outside Yuma.

In the wee small hours of the morning, when most of us are working on REM sleep, Morning Edition host and reporter, Dennis Lambert busily prepares the news and information KJZZ listeners hear as they prepare for the day. He did that for KJZZ listeners from 1996 to 2016. Dennis retired in 2016.