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.

June

Ramsey (6/17/18)
At 4:51 p.m. Sunday, June 17, 2018, Anoka Substation Circuit 2 recloser locked out, leaving 826 members in Ramsey without power. Our crew found and pulled a tree off our overhead line along 175th Ave NW, west of Nowthen Blvd. At 5:21 p.m., power was restored via SCADA to all affected members.

East Bethel (6/16/18)
At 11:09 a.m., our crew found the top of a pole on fire and requested to de-energize the circuit to safely make repairs. At 11:24 a.m., all 963 affected members were restored.

Big Lake (6/5/18)
A 9:59 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2018, Big Lake Substation Circuit 2 recloser locked out, leaving 645 members in Big Lake Township, Elk River, Orrock, and Livonia without power. A vehicle struck our pole near County Rd 35 & 200th Ave NW, bringing down our overhead lines. At 10:49 a.m., our crews isolated a portion of our line with the damage and power was restored via SCADA to 469 members. At 12:09 p.m., our crews repaired the overhead lines and floated them over the pole that is still being replaced, restoring the remaining 176 affected members.


May

System Wide Storm Damage (5/29/18)
On Tuesday evening, May 29, 2018, a thunderstorm rolled across our system leaving 746 members at some point in the evening and into the night without power. Similar to Monday night’s storm, we experienced a high volume of small outages which increased the time it took to restore all of our members. Six crews, again working through the night, responded to 25 outage incidents and 23 non-outage incidents.

System Wide Storm Damage (5/28/18)
On Monday evening, May 28, 2018, a thunderstorm rolled across our system leaving approximately 2,400 members near the central portion of our service territory without power. We experienced a high volume of small outages which increased the time it took to restore all of our members. Seven crews, working through the night, responded to 38 outage incidents and 23 non-outage incidents. We experienced one circuit outage during this storm on White Bear Township Substation Circuit 3 at 8:08 p.m. which was subsequently due to a vehicle striking one of our poles rather than the storm itself. Our crew was able to restore this circuit by 9:38 p.m.

Circle Pines (5/21/18)
At 12:58 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2018, two high side fuses opened at Circle Pines Substation, leaving 2,849 members in Circle Pines, Lexington, and Blaine without power. A squirrel climbing on the substation bus work caused this outage. Our crews backfed the entire substation, restoring power to the first group of members at 1:50 p.m. and the last group of members at 1:58 p.m.