VEC: High electricity demand due to cold causing outages
Jan 22, 2014 | 794 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
About 4200 Volunteer Energy Cooperative lost power this morning as another frigid arctic blast hit the region.

The majority of outages are “blink” outages caused when equipment overheats due to the extremely high demand for electricity. Some lengthier outages occurred in Polk, Roane and Fentress counties.

Crews have been working throughout the night to keep power flowing.

About 1,300 customers in Polk County lost power at about 4:48 a.m. due to a downed electric wire. Most of these had their power restored by 6:15 a.m. and the remaining were restored at about 7:17 a.m.

The Ten Mile area of Roane County suffered an outage at about 5:49 a.m. due to overheated equipment resulting in the loss of power for about 1,000 customers. Crews repaired the damage and restored power at about 7 a.m.

Blink outages are occurring when the high demand for electricity cause some equipment to overheat which causes a breaker to stop the flow o f electricity. The extremely cold temperatures typically cool the equipment quickly and the breakers automatically restart the flow of electricity. The impact of this is that some customer experience brief and frequent outages.

A large percentage of these types of blink outages have been reported in Spring City in Rhea County, Monterey in Putnam County and Riceville in McMinn County.

VEC apologizes for any inconveniences and crews will remain on the job as long as necessary to restore power toe very VEC customer.