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Heavy winds in Juneau area cause two power outages

Posted: November 1, 2011 - 3:30pm

Shortly after noon today, heavy winds brought a tree down on Alaska Electric Light and Power transmission line No. 2 at the avalanche area on Thane Road, AEL&P spokeswoman Debbie Ferreira said.

The outage affected the west Juneau substation and Capitol substation cutting power to all of Douglas and parts of downtown Juneau. AEL&P crews responded and rerouted power to downtown Juneau within 35 minutes.
 
As AEL&P crews worked to restore power to Douglas, a second tree branch touched the No. 1 line near Glacier Avenue and Egan Drive at approximately 1:37pm. The branch cut power to the Second Street substation, which affects downtown Juneau, and the Salmon Creek substation serving the Bartlett Regional Hospital area.
 
All power was restored by 2:10 p.m.
 
About 5,000 customers were affected by the outages.
 
Over the past few months, AEL&P has cut and trimmed trees to prepare for winter weather, Ferreira said. She said the utility has crew ready to respond quickly to outages.
 
AEL&P did not have to run its diesel generators.

“We have a sufficient amount of redundancy in our lines through planning, even if the problem isn’t solved yet we can reroute power,” Ferreira said.
 

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