Power outage affects Peninsula

PRESS RELEASE — Homer Electric Association members experienced a system wide power outage late Monday afternoon. The outage started at 4:15 pm when a fault occurred on a high voltage transmission line that runs from the Bradley Lake Hydroelectric Plant through Homer and on to Soldotna.
The fault appeared to take place somewhere between Bradley Lake and Diamond Ridge in Homer. The incident was serious enough to create a loss of voltage on the entire HEA system and resulted in an outage from Kachemak Bay north to Nikiski.
HEA was able to restore power to Nikiski, Kenai, Beaver Creek, Ridgeway, and Sterling by 5:45 p.m. and had restoration to the rest of the HEA system completed at 8:25 p.m.
The duration and size of the outage was compounded by the fact that there are 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, both HEA and Chugach Electric are working on the transmission system between Soldotna and Cooper Landing. This situation complicated and delayed the restoration efforts from Soldotna south to Homer.
An overflight of the transmission line between Bradley Lake and Homer failed to locate any obvious cause for the fault on the line. Possibilities include a lightning strike, a tree on the line or a possible bird contact. HEA will continue to investigate the cause of the outage.

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Posted by on Jun 17th, 2014 and filed under More News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

3 Responses for “Power outage affects Peninsula”

  1. Fred Zigler says:

    Maybe we should be charging HEA for keeping our power on. I’m sure third world countries have a better record of power outages than “our member owned co-op”. If they spent less money on new vehicles for the over paid union members and more money on the infrastructure, maybe the power would stay on more.

  2. Billy says:

    It figures you liberal reporters wouldn’t publish my comment about the lousy union infested HEA. One of the reporters must be married to one of those lousy overpaid HEA employees

    • Jane says:

      Billy, what comment are you speaking of? We haven’t seen another one from you. Please re-post so we can take a look at it. I can assure you, however, that no one at the Tribune is connected to HEA by marriage or otherwise.

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