Updated, 1:30 p.m.
PG&E says power has been restored to more than 40,000 customers in an area stretching from Berkeley through Albany, El Cerrito and into Richmond and San Pablo.
The widespread blackout occurred after a fire at an electrical substation on Portola Drive near Navellier Street in El Cerrito.
The outage began about 9:30 a.m., and the utility said power was restored throughout the affected area at about 1:15 p.m. The California Public Utilities Commission is investigating the cause of the outage.
The outage initially prompted BART to not stop at the Downtown Berkeley Station, but service was restored at 11:45 a.m.