Cause of Outage Determined; Update on Island Generator Power
Construction, the company constructing the new Bonner Bridge, has
informed CHEC that they drove a steel casing into the underground
transmission cable that runs between the south end of the Bonner Bridge
and the overhead riser pole, causing the current transmission outage.
is working to assess the extent of the damage and plan for the repair.
Assuming that the cooperative has the materials on hand, repairs could
take several days to complete. If materials are not available
locally, repairs could take weeks.
CHEC is currently
providing temporary power to Buxton, Frisco and part of Hatteras
Village via the diesel generating plant. The cooperative is
bringing in additional portable generators to supplement the diesel
plant. These generators will begin to arrive tonight. Once the
generators are online, the cooperative will initiate rolling blackouts.
This will only be possible if load is at minimal levels
and everyone is conserving. To minimize load, please turn off AC
units and minimize other electrical usage.