Major Power Outage Reports

Stay informed of the facts and details regarding major power outages affecting our members. We generally post outage reports within 72 hours of the outage. Reports are available throughout the duration of each month.

Listed below are this month’s major outages lasting five minutes or more and affecting at least 500 members.


Oak Grove (7/12/21)
At 6:13 p.m. Monday, July 12, 2021, East Bethel Substation Circuit 5 recloser locked out, leaving 1,016 members in Oak Grove and East Bethel without power. Our crews rode out the overhead line and isolated the underground feeder cable while restoring power. By 7:21 p.m., power was restored to all affected members. A cause for the outage could not be found. We completed additional inspections and testing this morning, but still could not determine the cause of the outage. We will continue to investigate this issue.

East Bethel (7/12/21)
At 10:46 a.m. Monday July 12, 2021, Martin Lake Substation Circuit 4 recloser operated once when a truck with a material handler made contact with our overhead line. The overhead line came down across Viking Blvd. & Wild Rice Dr. Luckily, a Connexus Energy employee was nearby and helped secure the scene and keep the public away from the downed and energized line. At 10:57 a.m., System Operations was informed of the situation and Martin Lake Substation Circuit 4 recloser was opened for public safety, leaving 1,463 members in East Bethel, Linwood, and Columbus without power. Our crews arrived onsite and made repairs to our overhead line. At 11:45 a.m., power was restored via SCADA to all affected members.


Athens Township (6/29/21)
At 8:35 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, 2021, Martin Lake Substation Circuit 3 recloser locked out, leaving 675 members in Athens, East Bethel, and Linwood without power. Our crews found a tree on our overhead line along 229th Ave NE, just west of Sunset Rd NE. At 9:25 p.m., our crews finished removing the tree and power was restored via SCADA to all affected members.

Palmer Township (6/28/21)
At 10:14 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2021, West End Substation Circuit 1 recloser locked out, leaving 701 members in Palmer Township without power. Our crews found a tree burning in our overhead line near County Rd 25 and 121st Ave. This tree had recently been identified and was marked to be removed by our vegetation management team, but unfortunately they did not have a chance to remove it before this outage occurred. Our crews cleared the overhead line and at 12:28 a.m., power was restored via SCADA to all affected members.