Outage affects large swath of peninsula

  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014 11:14pm
  • News

Homer Electric Association members experienced a system-wide power outage Wednesday afternoon.

A ccording to a press release from the cooperative, the outage started at 1:33 p.m. when there was a frequency problem on the transmission system which resulted in a loss of power to approximately 16,000 HEA meters from the south Kachemak Bay area north to Nikiski.

HEA says that the issue was complicated by the fact that the Homer Electric system was isolated from the rest of the Railbelt area due to work Chugach Electric was performing on a facility in Cooper Landing.

Homer Electric was able to work closely with Chugach Electric to put the transmission system back in normal operation and then begin restoring power.

The restoration effort took about one hour to complete and by 2:30 Wednesday afternoon all HEA members had power restored.

The exact cause of the frequency variation that created the outage was unclear.

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