BVES & SCE Crews Hustle

To Restore Elecricity

Big Bear Lake, Friday Afternoon January 13, 2017 ___

Southern California Edison Crews worked throughout the morning to restore power after an Edison facility was compromised by Friday’s storm, knocking out power to the region.


City of Big Bear Lake, CA – In the past twenty-four hours, more than a foot of fresh snow has landed in the Big Bear Valley region with the unintended consequence of knocking out power early Friday morning to the Big Bear Lake  region, impacting thousands of Bear Valley Electric and Southern California Edison customers.

At 3:36 A.M Friday, an electrical malfunction occurred at Southern California Edison’s Goldhill substation affecting the SCE power supply line serving Edison and BVES customers.  The ensuing power outage affected the entire Big Bear Valley region.  BVES Crews were the first to arrive on scene but because this was an SCE facility, SCE crews needed to be dispatched from outside the area to resolve the problem.    

Bear Valley Electric Service reported that power was restored to all of its 23,000 customers at 11:55 A.M. 

“While today’s weather is sorely needed to offset the ongoing drought impacting our region, the heavy rains and snow came with a price,” said BVES Interim Director Paul Marconi. “We truly appreciate the community’s understanding and patience as we worked with SCE to resolve the issues caused to their system by this storm.”

As more storms are expected this winter, BVES encourages residents to take proper precautions and report any downed line they see, to stay clear of any downed line even if they are unsure it is a power line, and to call 911 if they think there’s any potential for a fire.

For more information on how to best prepare for a power outage, please visit or call (800) 808-BVES.



Bear Valley Electric is a division of Golden State Water Company (GSWC), which is a wholly owned water and electricity utility subsidiary of American States Water Company (NYSE:AWR). GSWC provides water service to approximately 256,000 customers within 75 communities throughout 10 counties in Northern, Coastal and Southern California. Through its BVES division, the Company also distributes electricity to over 23,000 customers in the City of Big Bear Lake and surrounding areas in San Bernardino County, Calif.