Utility pole fire causes short power outage in Juneau

Posted: Sunday, October 17, 2010

A pole used in Alaska Electric Light & Power's Juneau service caught fire Saturday, causing a power outage of about 40 minutes, according to an AEL&P spokesman.

The power utility received a report around noon the pole was ablaze, said Scott Willis, vice president of generation for AEL&P. The utility began switching service around the pole, but could not before power went out in Mendenahalll Valley and most areas out the road at about 12:25, he said.

AEL&P switched to diesel generation to restore power to the affected areas at about 1:10 p.m., Willis said. Juneau returned to hydroelectric power at about 3 p.m., he said.

Use of diesel for relatively short periods of time, like the outage Saturday, do not affect power rates, Willis said, since that use is factored into the AEL&P's Cost of Power Adjustment.

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