MEA investigates cause of Christmas Eve power outage

Monday, December 24, 2018 - 11:18

A transmission line fault caused about 5,000 Matanuska Electric Association members to briefly lose power on Christmas Eve in Eagle River.

According to a post on the cooperative’s Facebook page, the outage impacted two substations in the area. An online outage map showed power out at 4,050 locations in Eagle River, nearly 800 in the Eagle River Valley and another 360 on Hiland Road.

“A crew is being called in,” MEA wrote in an update posted at around 10:40 a.m.

By around 11 a.m., the cooperative said power had been restored to all areas. However, the cause of the outage remained unknown.

“The good news is our Dispatchers were able to restore power from headquarters and all members should now have power,” the cooperative wrote. “The bad news is that we don’t know what caused the outage. We are sending a line crew out to patrol the line so the lights can stay on and Santa can find all the good girls and boys tonight.”

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