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Outage affects central Kenai Peninsula

Posted: June 16, 2014 - 6:41pm  |  Updated: June 16, 2014 - 10:14pm

A system wide power outage blacked out the central and southern Kenai Peninsula Monday.

Homer Electric Association spokesperson Joe Gallagher said the power outage began at 4:15 p.m. and affected 32,000 meters of line. The outage was related to a fault along the transmission line from the Bradley Lake hydroelectric plant on the south side of Kachemak Bay. HEA was able to energize the high voltage transmission lines found to be at fault, he said.

“It appears something happened on the transmission line and affected the entire HEA system,” he said.

Gallagher said by 6 p.m. power was restored to Nikiski and Kenai to Beaver Creek on the Kenai Spur Highway. At 7:45 p.m., HEA began restoring power to the rest of the affected areas. By 8:30 p.m., power had been restored to all affected areas.

“Power runs through individual circuits through various substations,” Gallagher said. “We stagger the load to not overrun the system at one time.”

According to HEA, the duration and size of the outage was compounded by two transmission related construction projects underway. A small section of the transmission line between Soldotna and Funny River is out of service due to construction work at the HEA substation in Soldotna.  In addition,  HEA and Chugach Electric are working on the transmission system between Soldotna and Cooper Landing.

Gallagher said the cause of the outage was not yet determined but under investigation.

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dragonfly2014 06/19/14 - 03:05 pm
Backwads or Forward

Sometimes it is pretty difficult to understand how all the improvements that HEA has made has benefited the consumers. Maybe the duration is shorter but the number of power outages in Nikiski over the past few years isn't any different than what I experienced back in the 70's.

It seems that power outages has increased in recent years along with the extremely high cost of electricity.

Those who can afford them are buying generators for their homes, and those with wood stoves can keep their homes warm and their pipes from freezing but they better not leave town. Newer appliances and electronic devices now need power surge protectors.

When power outages are not the fault of mother nature HEA should be applying discounts for the customers who had to suffer through the hours of waiting for their power to come back on.

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