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Equipment installation will force outage

Monday, December 6, 2010

On Monday, officials with Duke Energy informed The Brazil Times the company will be installing equipment on incoming Duke transmission lines, which will affect Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC members residing in the Clay County, Perry Township and surrounding areas, Thursday.

Members will experience approximately a three-hour electric outage starting at 10 a.m., each of those days.

Installation of the new equipment should help to reduce the frequency and duration of any future outages in the area.

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I don't understand from this article if it is one day or several days. How many days are "those days"?

Either way considering how cold it is and there is always a problem that makes the job longer, this is not a good time to be doing this.

-- Posted by localgal on Mon, Dec 6, 2010, at 11:53 PM

Nice, just when it turned cold and we finally got all of the clocks off of Daniel's Stupid Time (DST), too.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Tue, Dec 7, 2010, at 1:59 AM

This makes a lot of sense, let's shut off peoples electricity for 3 or more hours during some of the coldest weather we've had so far. Boy these people are geniuses.

-- Posted by Village_Id10t on Tue, Dec 7, 2010, at 10:29 AM

It could always be worse. We could be right in the middle of a blinding blizzard and several poles snap, transformers blow up, in the middle of the night and be without power for days on end. Then....and only then would you have something legitimate to complain about. And then not really, ever heard of disaster preparedness? Go get yourselves a generator so you won't get chilly! At least they are telling you in advance. I will plan accordingly, I suggest you do the same and channel your energy used to complain into being prepared. Geez! If it was hot out you'd be saying the same thing! It's hot...why now...genuises!!

Thank you for the heads up Duke Energy!!!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Dec 7, 2010, at 11:29 AM

Not everyone can afford to just go run out and buy a generator...what about those people who live in income-based homes and apartments...I for one can't afford to just go buy something like a generator and yes winter IS a bad time for them to be doing things like that, what about babies and the elderly or people who can't be out in this cold nasty weather but can't afford a generator?

-- Posted by jlc on Tue, Dec 7, 2010, at 12:00 PM

Proud of My Country,

I think there was plenty of nice weather this fall to do this. You assume everyone can afford a generator, and that everyone has the physical ability to maintain one. There are many situations in peoples' lives that you should consider before you just slam people. (And, by the way, I am prepared - I have a gas heater in one room if the electric goes out, and I have electric space heaters if the gas goes out - and blankets and coats if they both go out. But there are some people who are not in a position to be as well-prepared.)

A provider of services has a responsibility to do their maintenance at the best possible time for the smallest potential disruption; now is not that time for this service, and neither is it when it is over 90 degrees outside. If there was something out of their control that came up, that is understandable and it would have to be done. However, they are risking the power being out longer if an issue arises - and in these temps, that is bad.

I don't give them a big thanks for giving us a heads-up, that is just part of their job - just like us paying our bill, that is just part of our job. But before you take unnecessary offense, I do understand the linemen work very hard in bad conditions to keep our power on. I just question them doing what sounds like routine or planned maintenance this very cold week.

-- Posted by localgal on Tue, Dec 7, 2010, at 12:11 PM

I agree with jlc. Not everyone can afford to go out and buy a generator! Some people are on fixed incomes. This is a stupid time to be shutting power off to homes.

-- Posted by th1953 on Tue, Dec 7, 2010, at 4:27 PM

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