Planned Power Outage

 
For up-to-date information before, during, and after the planned outage, please visit the UC Santa Barbara Status Page at https://status.ucsb.edu and subscribe to Facilities Management updates.

UCSB Campus Electrical Outage

Saturday, September 19, Evening - Sunday, September 20, Afternoon

Southern California Edison (SCE) has identified necessary maintenance that must be performed on the power transmission systems serving the campus. This work will require a power service interruption (i.e. power outage) to the UC Santa Barbara main campus and all areas served by the campus electrical distribution system. SCE estimates it will take approximately 14 hours to complete their maintenance work. As soon as the work is completed and power has been restored to the campus, teams from UC Santa Barbara Facilities Management will begin checking and restoring building system(s) functionality (such as elevators, building mechanical systems, Metasys and lighting). We anticipate the campus will be fully operational by Sunday afternoon.

The service interruption is scheduled to begin on the evening of Saturday, September 19, 2020, and campus should be fully operational by the afternoon of Sunday, September 20, 2020.

For your safety, we recommend you vacate all non-residential buildings by 8 p.m. Saturday, September 19.

The planned service interruption will impact UC Santa Barbara properties and facilities only, including all main campus buildings and a number of adjacent housing and dining facilities that receive their electrical power service directly from campus. This map denotes in yellow the buildings and facilities that will be impacted by the power interruption.

Faculty housing in the Ocean Walk and West Campus communities are on separate transmission lines and will not be impacted.

If you have questions or would like to identify areas that may require special attention, please email: poweroutage@fm.ucsb.edu

  • Building entrance doors that are controlled by use of an electric card reader will function as normal during the outage as they are battery operated.
  • Building fire protection systems will continue to function, however, network connections from building main fire alarm panels will be unavailable for notification to UCSB Emergency Services. Building fire watch will be in place for the duration of the planned outage.
  • DO NOT use elevators after 9 p.m. as they will be non-operational during the electrical outage.
  • Many University buildings have emergency generators. These are designed to provide power for life safety systems and critical equipment only (i.e. fire protection systems, standby egress lighting, and medical/life support equipment).
  • In most areas, electrical outlets that are on emergency power are designated by their red color.
  • Several preparedness procedures for residential customers are recommended by Southern California Edison at this website, and specific to University-operated residential facilities. Please note the following:
    • DO NOT use candles.
    • Charge your cell phone prior to the power outage.
    • Install surge protectors and/or unplug sensitive electrical equipment to help mitigate potential damage when power is restored (e.g. desktop computers, televisions/audio visual equipment, special equipment for the care of infants, elderly, or comfort pets).
    • Do not begin a dishwasher cycle until power has been restored.
    • Keep your refrigerator/freezer doors closed. See the section below on Refrigeration for more detail.
  • It is advised that all personal office equipment be turned off prior to the beginning of the electrical outage.
  • Desktop computers will not be available during the outage and should be powered down prior to the outage.
  • The campus core network, Domain Name System (DNS) servers, and internet service will be available during the outage. Wireless service will remain available for a minimum of 30 minutes into the power outage. After that time, continued service will depend on the availability of generator power. Individual building network service will vary based on generator power and Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) availability.
  • G Suite tools (Gmail, Calendar, Drive, etc.) will not be impacted by the outage.
  • The campus telephone system will operate on generator and battery back-up power. No disruption is anticipated.
  • All blue-light emergency phones and elevator phones will remain operational. However, the respective blue light will not be powered during the outage.
  • Cell sites have limited battery back-up power, so expect service disruption two to three hours after the power outage begins. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon confirmed back-up power via a generator.
  • The campus radio system will operate on generator and battery back-up power. No disruption is anticipated.
  • Building access control could be limited and your Access Card may not work. If your Access Card is not working and you need to enter a building during the outage, call your Departmental Access Control Representative.
  • Voice Over IP (VOIP) and Panasonic DBS phone systems will be impacted. If you experience issues when power comes back on, contact help@commserv.ucsb.edu.
  • Video Security as a Service (VSaaS) aka security cameras could be impacted (except the North Hall Data Center and Library cameras). While service depends on individual building switches and generators, notify your VSaaS provider if you experience issues after campus power is restored.
  • The campus chilled water loop will be offline during the outage. Please plan for affected areas to not have continuous cooling.
  • Building automated controls will be non-operational during the outage.
  • Perishable items should be removed from refrigerators prior to the scheduled power outage. Avoid opening and closing refrigerators to allow units to retain temperatures. If possible, manually defrost personal refrigerators and freezers prior to the planned outage.
  • Most traffic signals on campus will be without power for the duration of the planned outage. Stop signs will be placed at all campus intersections and we urge all campus community members and visitors to observe temporary traffic control provisions and drive with caution.

Campus Notifications

TO:     UC Santa Barbara Department Managers and MSOs

FR:     Design, Facilities & Safety Services (DFSS)
           UCSB Information Technology (IT)

RE:     SCE Planned Power Outage Coordination, September 19-20, 2020

Dear UCSB Department Managers and MSOs,

As you may know, Southern California Edison (SCE) plans to shut off power to the main UCSB campus beginning Saturday evening, September 19, until Sunday afternoon, September 20.

To prepare for the outage, mitigate risks to on-campus equipment, and minimize staff on campus to maintain social distancing, please:

  • Contact your local IT department to see how they plan to handle equipment (e.g., computers, printers, and servers) shutdown and power-up safely.
    • Servers: Where are they? What are they connected to? Which applications do they support?
    • Who is going to be on campus for the shutdown and power up?
    • Will they need access to buildings, including ID badges?
    • Are certain areas equipped with an alarm? Do staff need alarm codes or accompaniment to those areas?
    • Which areas need extra safety and precaution, as they may be hazardous?
  • Note what specialized/ancillary equipment will need attention, in addition to computers and printers, e.g., lab equipment.
  • Verify your backup power source and replace batteries as needed. Most likely, this includes an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).

For more information and updates, visit energy.ucsb.edu/planned-power-outage. If you have questions or need to identify areas that may require special attention, email poweroutage@fm.ucsb.edu.

TO:    Campus Community

FR:     Design, Facilities & Safety Services

RE:     Campuswide Power Outage – 9 p.m. Saturday 9/19 – Afternoon of Sunday 9/20

We know that there is never a good time for a power outage, but a planned outage is better than an unplanned one. We also understand this is a difficult time with limited campus population; however, Southern California Edison (SCE) has identified necessary upgrades that must be performed on the power transmission systems serving the campus. This work will require a power service interruption (i.e. power outage) to the UC Santa Barbara main campus and all areas served by the campus electrical distribution system. As soon as the work is completed and power has been restored to the campus, teams from UC Santa Barbara Facilities Management will begin checking and restoring building system(s) functionality (such as elevators, building mechanical systems, Metasys and lighting). We anticipate the campus will be fully operational by Sunday afternoon.

The service interruption is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Saturday, September 19, 2020, and campus should be fully operational by the afternoon of Sunday, September 20, 2020.

For your safety, we recommend you vacate all non-residential buildings by 8 p.m. Saturday, September 19.

The planned service interruption will impact UC Santa Barbara properties and facilities only, including all main campus buildings and a number of adjacent housing and dining facilities that receive their electrical power service directly from campus. The map below denotes in yellow the buildings and facilities that will be impacted by the power interruption.

Faculty housing in the Ocean Walk and West Campus communities are on a separate transmission line and will not be impacted.

We strongly recommend that perishable items be removed from refrigerators and that refrigerators and freezers be manually defrosted prior to the planned outage. We recognize this will be challenging with so few people on campus but encourage MSOs or building managers to come up with a plan that does not bring in additional people to accomplish this task.

The Campus IT Team will be sending a separate email to department managers and MSOs to help prepare equipment (computers, printers, servers, etc.) for the planned outage.

For additional information, please visit the Planned Power Outage webpage. If you have questions or would like to identify areas that may require special attention, please email: poweroutage@fm.ucsb.edu. If you would like to receive updates (email or text) before, during and after the scheduled event, as well as, other campus disturbances, visit status.ucsb.edu and subscribe. Thank you for your assistance.

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TO:    Campus Community

FR:     Design, Facilities & Safety Services

RE:     Campuswide power outage: 9 p.m. Saturday 9/19 – Afternoon of Sunday 9/20

We know that there is never a good time for a power outage, but a planned outage is better than an unplanned one. Southern California Edison (SCE) has identified necessary upgrades that must be performed on the power transmission systems serving the campus. This work will require a power service interruption (i.e. power outage) to the UC Santa Barbara main campus and all areas served by the campus electrical distribution system. As soon as the work is completed and power has been restored to the campus, teams from UC Santa Barbara Facilities Management will begin checking and restoring building system(s) functionality (such as elevators, building mechanical systems, Metasys and lighting). We anticipate the campus will be fully operational by Sunday afternoon.

The service interruption is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Saturday, September 19, 2020, and campus should be fully operational by the afternoon of Sunday, September 20, 2020.

For your safety, we recommend you vacate all non-residential buildings by 8 p.m. Saturday, September 19.

The planned service interruption will impact UC Santa Barbara properties and facilities only, including all main campus buildings and a number of adjacent housing and dining facilities that receive their electrical power service directly from campus. The map below denotes in yellow the buildings and facilities that will be impacted by the power interruption.

Faculty housing in the Ocean Walk and West Campus developments are on a separate transmission line and will not be impacted.

An extensive planning process is currently underway to identify and address the needs of our campus community. With many people still working remotely, please visit the Planned Power Outage webpage soon so you can see how to prepare your area.

If you have questions or would like to identify areas that may require special attention, please email: poweroutage@fm.ucsb.edu

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TO:    Campus Community

FR:     Design, Facilities & Safety Services

RE:     Campuswide power outage: Evening of Saturday 9/19 – Afternoon of Sunday 9/20

While we recognize there is no good time for a planned power outage, Southern California Edison (SCE) must take steps to mitigate potential wildfires before the 2020 fire season, even during this pandemic. In accordance with a state-mandated Wildfire Mitigation Plan, SCE will be upgrading several critical components of the power lines serving our campus. This work will result in a planned overnight outage on campus beginning in the evening of Saturday, September 19, 2020, and continuing through the afternoon of Sunday, September 20, 2020. This planned outage will be similar to the planned outage last September.

During the outage, power service to the main campus and some student housing will be unavailable. Affected locations are depicted by the buildings in yellow on the map below. Faculty housing in the Ocean Walk and West Campus communities are on separate transmission lines and will not be impacted.

We have worked with campus leadership to select dates for the outage that will minimize disruption to campus operations. There are significant considerations related to research, IT, security, and other essential functions that will need to be resolved, and we will initiate an extensive outreach effort to identify and address the needs of our campus community.

Additional communications with more details will be issued over the coming months as preparation for the outage progresses. If you have questions or would like to identify areas that may require special attention, please email: poweroutage@fm.ucsb.edu

We appreciate your understanding as we work to minimize the disruption to our campus.

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