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Power outage leaves 2 Northern California towns without electricity

A group of “nervous flickers” are to blame for a blackout in two Northern California towns, authorities have said.

The Golden State Power Company, which supplies power to the pair of mostly rural counties, tweeted early Saturday morning that it expected power to be restored by 2 p.m.

A flash outage in California’s Lake, Napa and Solano counties is causing some customers to experience an increase in their overall energy usage. We expect full restoration by 2pm. Updates to follow. ( See pic.twitter.com/Sq8ANmgK0v — Golden State Power (@gsppc) September 29, 2018

Homes and businesses in Solano County, which includes the cities of Fairfield and Fairfield, initially reported that they had lost power at about 8:30 a.m. Pacific time, according to Solano County Fire.

California voters on June 5 overwhelmingly approved a $7 billion dollar measure to help the state build some 36,000 megawatts of new power over the next decade. The initiative has put the state on track to be the first to create a true renewable energy source, making it a target for critics of the Trump administration’s energy policies, such as Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif.