It’s a familiar problem for many Seattle residents, especially during winter.
In late February, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) shut off about 90% of the city’s power lines and utility poles because of an outages at its electric utility.
That’s a relatively rare event for the utility, but not to its customers.
The outage, which is not linked to a major storm, was due to a power failure in the Seattle Power and Light District, a publicly owned utility.
The power was restored just after 3 p.m.
PST on February 10.
The utility has since told residents that it will resume its normal operations, but the outage has affected many people in the city, with one elderly resident who was unable to return to work for months.
Seattle is one of the most energy-intensive cities in the United States, and it has more than 1,600 customers, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
It is also one of just six U.s. cities that generate more than 30% of its electricity from natural gas, according the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
When the outage happened, a handful of people in Seattle became so desperate that they began calling 911.
The callers included elderly residents and their families, who were worried they were going to die.
In the wake of the outage, SPU officials began working with local emergency response teams to determine if there was a root cause.
It wasn’t until March 11 that the Seattle Police Department, the city fire department, and other agencies began a major investigation into the cause of the power outage.
The investigation found that the utility was not properly regulating the power supply.
That investigation was not completed until March 13, and the Seattle City Council is now considering an ordinance to make the utility accountable for what happened.
According to the Seattle Department of Utilities, the utility had been operating the power grid in compliance with federal and state law since 2007.
The utility had also made improvements to its power distribution network.
But the utility has not yet taken any corrective action.
“The utility is in the process of updating its management policies to address this issue,” SPU spokesman Tom Loomis said.
“The utility will have a plan in place for how to restore power to customers and ensure a smooth transition for customers.”