February 11, 2016

Blown “fuse” knocks power out for Arenac, Bay counties

By Kevin Bunch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com

ARENAC COUNTY — Problems at a Consumers Energy substation in Bay County knocked electricity out throughout Bay and Arenac counties Friday near midnight, with some areas not having electricity restored until Saturday morning.

According to Consumers Energy spokesman Terry DeDoes, the problems began at the Mt. Forest substation in Bay County shortly before midnight. A lighting arrester — effectively a fuse, he said — blew, locking other regional electrical substations out of the 46,000-volt transmission lines.

He said this included the AuGres and Pinconning substations. The AuGres station was restored around 2 a.m., while the Pinconning station was restored around 6 a.m. The Mt. Forest station that started the problem was not restored until around 7:30 a.m., DeDoes said.

Due to the nature of the power grid, DeDoes said each substation can serve residents across township, city, and county lines.

“A person across the street could be on a different substation,” DeDoes said.

Reports of shorter power outages lasting only minutes during that time frame are still being looked at, DeDoes said.


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