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Electrical power outage affects 2,000 customers

YVEA Outage March 5

Time of Outage 6:47 p.m.

Partial Restoration 7:39 p.m.

Full Restoration 9:03 p.m.

Members affected: 2,000

— A spokesperson for Yampa Valley Electric Association confirmed at mid-afternoon Monday that it was a fire in a piece of equipment close to a substation north of Steamboat Springs that led to a disruption of power at 6:47 p.m. Sunday night.

The incident caused 2,000 members of the rural electric cooperative to be without electricity for more than two hours in some cases.

“Crews found that a piece of equipment had failed on our transmission line that delivers energy to two of our substations,” YVEA media contact Tammi Strickland wrote Monday. “These substations energize our systems in the northern part of Steamboat Springs to Clark and the west side of Steamboat to Milner and surrounding areas.”

Homes and businesses on the west side of Steamboat Springs were among the electrical customers affected. Power was partially restored by 7:39 p.m., with all of the affected members re-gaining power by 9:03 p.m., according to YVEA.

When YVEA crews responded to the fire, Strickland said it was necessary to de-energize the transmission line that feeds both substations in order to protect public safety and the safety of the crews themselves while working on the lines. That’s when power went down in the affected areas.

Once the source of the problem was identified, power was restored as quickly as possible.

“YVEA has the highest concern for public safety and we appreciate your patience during last night’s outage,” said Strickland in her statement.

Sunday night’s power outage was the latest in a series of outages that have taken place on YVEA lines since September 2016.

The September outage last year was moderate, but on Dec. 16, 2016, 17,606 electric customers lost power shortly after 11 p.m., leaving all of Steamboat in the dark. Crews from YVEA and Xcel Energy worked quickly and got the power restored to most areas at 1:09 a.m.

In roughly that same timeframe, Yampa Valley Regional Airport experienced four outages within a week. Two occurred on Dec. 16, and others took place on Dec. 11 and Dec. 17.

YVEA CEO Diane Johnson described the electrical issues that affected the airport last last year as being “unique and unexpected outages” complicated by ice, frigid temperatures and wind.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1

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