PEPCO Request Causes Power 'Blips' at Georgetown University
GU had to transfer its emergency power to generators.
Students at Georgetown University took to Twitter Wednesday to complain about power issues on campus.
According to Rachel Pugh, a spokesperson for the university, PEPCO mandated that GU take its back up power off of the main power source. The utility company performs and mandates these "Brown Outs" to reduce stress on the system.
Buildings including the performing arts, Copley, Darnall, Harbin and New South were operating on emergency power from 3:30 p.m. onward.
"Earlier today Georgetown was asked to transfer the emergency power load from the 'normal' house power to the emergency generators. When the power is transferred there is usually a small blip in power."
That explanation did not keep students from venting their frustrations on Twitter:
Another wrote, "It's 100 degrees out, there's a thunderstorm, and Georgetown picked TODAY to turn off their power. For a fancy school, that is not bright."
But as of 5:30 p.m. the university was switching back to the normal power source and off of the emergency generators.