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Power Restored in San Francisco After Blackout Shuts Businesses, Cable Cars

By Sarah Ravani, Jill Tucker and Hamed Aleaziz

A huge blackout probably caused by a fire at a PG&E substation swept through San Francisco on Friday, bringing everyday life to a virtual standstill as homes and businesses and courtrooms went dark, traffic lights stopped working, BART and Muni service slowed, and all the cable cars shut down.

The power failure, which at its height affected 88,000 customers, struck just after 9 a.m. and extended through the Tenderloin and Chinatown, up Nob Hill, and into the Marina and the Presidio. But as the evening commute began at 4 p.m., there was finally good news: Power had been restored to all but about 3,000 customers. An hour later, everyone had power.

While no major injuries were reported, the ordeal meant everything from lost business at shuttered shops in Union Square to minor shakeups for people briefly trapped by darkness in the bowels of downtown skyscrapers.

Firefighters responded to more than 100 calls for service in the Financial District and beyond, including 20 elevators with people stuck inside. Everywhere, sirens blared as engines maneuvered along streets jammed with traffic. Hospitals, though, were operating on backup power, with most surgeries and other procedures continuing.

“Big Lesson: backup generators,” Mayor Ed Lee said at an afternoon news conference. “It worked.”

Generator and Engine Parts

Bay City Electric Works takes great pride in our ability to back up our product offerings and we have invested heavily in the people and resources to sustain a first-class level of aftermarket support. The key to this is both our parts availability and experienced staff, which has full knowledge of all the KOHLER® engine parts, for which we are an authorized distributor. We service all engine and generator brands and also carry an extensive list of parts to support your uptime requirements in the field and on planned maintenance agreements.

With engine parts for sale from key engine lines, we are able to offer the deepest discounts, complete with a large inventory. We also have ready access to factory outlets to ensure best availability and minimum downtime. Our computer system keeps track of usage, superseded models, and lead times to ensure that we can offer our customers the very best KOHLER engine parts and service.

Get A $100, $200 Or $300 Rebate For Every Kohler Generator You Sell

Provide peace of mind to your customers–and get rewarded for it if you have a signed Kohler Generators Incentive Builder Program form. Whether new construction or remodel, offering the protection of a KOHLER home generator will give you the selling advantage.

  • $100 rebate on 8 to 14kW RESV and RESA generators
  • $200 rebate on 20kW RESA/C/D generators
  • $300 rebate on 24kW and larger RCL or ERES generators

Offer Valid Between January 1st and December 31st, 2017.

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Save the Date - KD Series Launch & Open House - Poway, CA - June 14th

Bay City Electric Works and Kohler Power Systems look forward to seeing you at our upcoming Open House and KD Series Generator Launch on Wednesday, June 14th at our Poway Corporate Facility.

Look for more information coming soon!

Monitoring Systems for Generator Set Systems

This Information Sheet discusses the various monitoring devices that are available for generator set systems and when they would be used.

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Refer a Friend and Get a $100 Rebate

Earn a $100 rebate when you refer a friend to buy a KOHLER® generator from 8 to 150 kW. Offer expires December 31, 2017.

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Kohler Power Solutions Center

Kohler is pleased to announce the release of the new Power Solutions Center (PSC). The PSC has been developed with your input and your request for an improved sizing and specification tool. We have also incorporated additional tools to make the job of sizing and specifying a power system easier.

The PSC is Kohler’s all-new, user-friendly spec and sizing program. An innovation so advanced, it will change the way power systems are specified.

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Nationwide Service Capabilities

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13625 Danielson St.
Poway, CA

Phone: 866.938.8200 
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Bay Area
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Livermore, CA

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