City-wide power outage caused by maintenance work

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Debbie Driscoll, AELP's Vice President and Director of Consumer Affairs, explained what caused a city-wide power outage in Juneau earlier today.

    Driscoll explained the cause of the outage.

    "So just a little after 11 am, our crew was working doing some maintenance out at Snettisham, our main hydro plant. And we were performing work on a protective relay. The protective relay is designed to basically protect our system. And in the process of doing maintenance work on that protective relay, the protective relay got a little too protective. And it tripped off our main transmission line that runs from Snettisham into town. And because that's our main line it caused a power outage to the entire area."

    Power was restored about half an hour later.

    "So we immediately identified the cause. And we began restoring power. The process of restoring power to all of the feeders, that's all the specific areas of Juneau takes a little bit of time. And so that was what most of that delay was. But again, this was something that is on us. We got power back on as quickly as possible. We're always doing maintenance so this is unusual that something like this would happen. Typically when an outage occurs it's something that is wildlife or weather events and obviously, it's absolutely beautiful out."

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