Power Outage Update: Friday status

October 10, 2019



Dear faculty, staff and students,

It is our intent to resume classes and restart campus operations as soon as possible. Please be aware that this remains a fluid situation and the basis for our decision rests on a number of factors outside our control. It is possible we will open for all or part of the day Friday.

We will send a message in the early evening once we receive updated information from PG&E.

Extenuating Factors

Once PG&E issues an “all clear” weather determination for the UC Berkeley power source, they begin inspecting power lines and if they are in good repair, PG&E will then reconnect power. Power line inspection can only occur during daylight hours. The restoration of power could take several hours.

Once PG&E has restored power, converting back to PG&E from our temporary emergency use of our cogen plant requires a sequence of several hours.  

Considerations for staff

When we reopen campus, staff are asked to return to work. However, if staff members have power outage at home or childcare issues or school closures, they should work with supervisors. Supervisors should remain flexible.

Finally, another reminder to register to receive WarnMe/Nixle alerts and refer to the Berkeley News site for latest updates. Thanks for your continued cooperation and patience.


Marc Fisher, vice chancellor



Alicia Johnson, director

Office of Emergency Management


If you are a manager who supervises UC Berkeley employees without email access, please circulate this information to all.


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