There was a power outage in Montevideo last Thursday, covering much of the eastern and northern portions of the city. The day was especially hot, with temperatures reaching the 90s, further exacerbating the problems caused by the power outage.
According to a statement from Xcel Energy, a transformer failed in a substation providing power to Montevideo at around 3:15 a.m. when it was 60 degrees.
“There was ... no heavy load,” said Tom Hoen, media representative for Xcel Energy. “They’re pretty much ruling out it being heat-related.”
Some residences and businesses in the affected area maintained partial power, while others lost it at approximately 10:30 a.m. Later, at noon, the call to de-energize the damaged substation transformer was made, and the rest of the customers in the affected area lost power.
By the numbers, the first round of power loss at 3:15 a.m. affected 467 Xcel Energy customers, with the subsequent losses affecting an additional 1,355.
A mobile substation was transfered to the Montevideo substation north of Highway 7. The mobile substation would be able to restore power, and let crews work on fixing the equipment problem.
Crews could be seen at work at the substation all through Thursday.
“We knew right away there was going to be some heavy repairs,” said Hoen. “So we went with the mobile substation plan right away.”
All said, power was down in some buildings for 16 hours and 12 minutes, according to Xcel Energy, with the second round of outages lasting seven hours. Power was restored between 7:20 and 7:30 p.m.
The extended loss of power had serious, and inconvenient consequences for many local businesses and programs in Montevideo.
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