The Sacramento Municipal Utility District is not yet planning to raise rates for electricity customers even though the drought is causing SMUD costs to rise, the district has announced.

Power out for 500 SMUD customers near Executive Airport

Published: Sunday, Jun. 8, 2014 - 10:21 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 9, 2014 - 12:08 am

About 500 houses and businesses are without power in the area surrounding the Sacramento Executive Airport, according to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

The cause is unknown, but a pair of shoes thrown over a power line may have contributed to outage, SMUD spokesman Bob Burns said. Two troubleshooters are in the area investigating the cause of the outage and attempting to restore power, he said.

Sunday’s high temperatures, the hottest of the year, may have contributed to a number of smaller power outages that have been occurring around Sacramento all day, he said.

“When it’s this hot … there’s going to be greater stress on the system,” Burns said. “I’m sure some of (the outages) were related (to the heat).”

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