The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Power outages plague CVEA, reasons differ

Wind, Petro Star, and mobile home interrupted services


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CVEA crews replaced the pole in about 5 hour’s time Friday.

A trio of unrelated events led to three different power outages for customers of Copper Valley Electric Association in recent days, with only one outage affecting all customers system-wide.

“They are still investigating,” Sharon Crisp, CVEA spokeswoman said Tuesday morning after a system-wide failure caused power outages from Valdez to Glennallen and beyond.

“Early indication of the cause of the outage is the co-generation plant shutting down,” a press release from CVEA said late Tuesday morning.

The outage occurred at 12:58 a.m. but power was restored to most areas by 3:05 a.m.

Except a secondary power failure occurred in Kenny Lake.

The press release issued by CVEA the cause of the outage was unrelated to the system-wide failure but was caused by a tree that fell on a power line after high winds in the area. Kenny Lake customers did not get power back until after 8 a.m.

“CVEA crews immediately responded and power was restored to all members shortly after that time,” the press release said.

CVEA crews actually saw their first overtime action Friday.

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Some sections of Alpine Woods lost power last Friday after a rig towing a mobile home crunched a power pole on the corner of Alder and Whispering Spruce.

A handful of homes in Alpine Woods were without power for several hours after a truck towing a large single-wide mobile home came up short while turning a corner and hit a stop sign and knocked a power pole nearly in half.

No one was injured in the incident.

Valdez man Mike Thiel was towing the mobile home to the city dump when the accident occurred on the corner of Alder and Whispering Spruce in Alpine Woods.

The mobile home appeared to be supporting the wooden pole, keeping it and the power lines from falling to the ground.

Crews from Copper Valley Electric Association replaced the pole and power was restored to the area after 8 p.m. that evening.


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