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Power being restored after area-wide outage

AEL&P to investigate cause

Posted: August 22, 2014 - 9:26am

Power is slowly being restored to Alaska Electric Light & Power customers after an area-wide outage Friday morning.

The power went out at about 8:45 a.m., affecting all of AEL&P’s 16,000 customers, said AEL&P spokeswoman Debbie Driscoll.

Driscoll said in a phone interview that power has already been restored to some areas, and they’re “picking up customers one at a time.” She expects power will be returned to everyone within the hour.

AEL&P is firing up their diesel units to supply power, she said.

The cause of the outage is unknown at this time. Driscoll said there appears to be a problem at the Snettisham hydroelectric power plant, which is located about 28 miles south of Juneau. AEL&P is investigating, she said.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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