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By Allison Jarrell and Andrea Swayne

Flickering lights across south Orange County Monday morning were the result of widespread low voltage issues, San Diego Gas & Electric officials said.

Reports of dimming and flickering lights were first reported at about 7:30 a.m. Monday, June 8, and the problem was resolved by 9:30 a.m., said Amber Albrecht, SDG&E spokesperson.

According to a statement released by SDG&E, the company was alerted of the issue via smart meter technology and immediately began working to resolve the power fluctuation.

SDG&E’s outage map, posted online at, showed that cities/communities affected included San Clemente, Talega, Dana Point, Capo Beach, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Ladera Ranch, Coto De Caza and Mission Viejo. SDG&E Communications Manager Hanan Eisenman said about 125,000 customers were impacted throughout south Orange County.

The cause of the outage remains under investigation, but officials have said that “crews were completing planned maintenance work on a transmission line that serves Orange County when the power fluctuations first occurred.”

SDG&E External Relations Manager Duane Cave said the transmission line in question is the one that feeds the Talega substation. Cave said the line was taken out of service to perform routine maintenance when the incident occurred.

“It appears that a device that monitors voltage failed during this work, impacting the distribution system,” the company’s statement said. “SDG&E is committed to providing reliable energy service and always working to improve reliability.”

People who have questions about the incident can contact SDG&E at 1.800.411.7343.

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  • Mission Viejo and Ladera Ranch are affected as well.

  • I am sure we will all have an adjustment on next months electric bill. LMAO

  • Thought my eyes were going bad… or I was having a brain hemmorhage. When I squinted my eyes, the lights did not flicker as much.

    Larry H Parker is gonna fight for me!

  • Perhaps if you had all supported San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, you wouldn’t be suffering so. To the anti-nukes whose unconscionable false statements and lies contributed to some 1200 people losing their jobs and exporting the generation of power out of state, be careful what you wish for.

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