Curry Pilot

Most of Curry County saw power outages Tuesday morning, according to Coos-Curry Electric (CCEC) Cooperative marketing and member services manager Jacob Knudsen.

Around 6:30 a.m., CCEC lost transmission service to all substations except Fairview. This affected roughly 98 percent of CCEC customers.

CCEC then attempted to remotely find a solution and were able to re-energize stations from Port Orford north around 7:30 a.m.

An operator was sent to the Port Orford substation, and by 8:50 a.m., transmission service was restored.

To prevent “system shock” the remaining substations were brought back online one at a time beginning at 9:45 in Brookings. Since the power had been off for such a long time, Knudsen explained, the sudden surge of energy demand was a concern.

Knudsen said cause of the outage is unknown and will likely remain unknown until CCEC investigates further. The working theory is that there was a faulty piece of equipment in the high voltage transmission lines which bring power from the generator to the substation.

“It’s not like a tree fell into the line or anything like that,” Knudsen said. He likened it to a circuit breaker being tripped in a home but on a larger scale.

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