Posted on March 5, 2018 at 2:46 pm by Meghan Revolinsky
By: Rene Baile
The street lights in the Suburban Park neighborhood have been out since the evening of Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. PG&E turned off its power source Thursday as part of a project in the Town of Atherton. These street lights share the same power source as the Town of Atherton’s street lights in the Greenoaks neighborhood. In conjunction with Atherton’s street light conversion project in the Greenoaks neighborhood, PG&E needed to turn off this power source to perform their work. PG&E has told the City that this power source will be re-energized by March 14, 2018, and will work to re-energize it sooner if possible.
These street lights run on a high voltage parallel circuit that only PG&E can control. With a parallel circuit, if one street light is turned off, all the street lights on the same circuit will also turn off. The City has a similar project as Atherton’s that is currently in the design phase to convert the street lights in neighborhoods that run on high voltage parallel circuits such as Suburban Park to run on low voltage series circuits that can be controlled by the City and where street lights run independently of each other.
For more information, please contact the City of Menlo Park’s Transportation Division at email@example.com or 650-330-6770. For more information about the Town of Atherton’s street light conversion project, visit their project webpage.