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.