County-wide power outage happens tonight

Posted September 15, 2022 at 1:17 pm by

OPALCO shares a reminder about a main­te­nance pow­er out­age tak­ing place overnight.

All of San Juan Coun­ty will be affect­ed by a planned pow­er out­age nec­es­sary for Bon­neville Pow­er Asso­ci­a­tion to make sched­uled repairs to the trans­mis­sion lines that deliv­er pow­er to the islands. This main­te­nance out­age will hap­pen dur­ing the night min­i­mize impact to OPALCO consumers.

The out­age will begin at approx­i­mate­ly 11:30 p.m. tonight and pow­er is expect­ed to be restored by 5 a.m. tomor­row. Dur­ing this time, BPA crews will upgrade trans­mis­sion equip­ment and per­form main­te­nance on the sys­tem. While the pow­er is off, the OPALCO crew will uti­lize the oppor­tu­ni­ty to do main­te­nance work on our local system.

Turn sen­si­tive equip­ment off at the pow­er strip or unplug it tonight. In the morn­ing, turn equip­ment on grad­u­al­ly to aid in pow­er load pick up. OPALCO mem­bers are respon­si­ble for their own equip­ment and encour­aged to install surge pro­tec­tion to safe­guard elec­tron­ic, com­put­er and oth­er sen­si­tive equip­ment and appliances.

Now is a great time to make sure you’re pre­pared for win­ter out­ages. OPALCO’s sys­tem is strong and its line crews skill­ful and ready, how­ev­er out­ages hap­pen and islanders must be pre­pared. Take time to get ready for storm sea­son out­ages now, includ­ing your plan to access out­age infor­ma­tion (SmartHub, phone mes­sage, web­site, social media, out­age bud­dy off island with inter­net ser­vice), assem­ble a kit of the things you need to keep you com­fort­able dur­ing pow­er out­ages, and do main­te­nance on your bat­tery or gen­er­a­tor back­up for any crit­i­cal systems.

Check our web­site for out­age check­lists and oth­er key infor­ma­tion for mak­ing sure you are ready this win­ter.

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