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Planned power outage clarified

Thursday, December 9, 2010

On Thursday, Duke Energy officials informed The Brazil Times current work on area transmission lines is not their "power outage."

"We're providing the electricity to the (Utilities District of Western Indiana) REMC," Duke Energy Spokesman Lew Middleton said. "But it's REMC work that has to be done.

"It's not our outage. It's theirs."

A press release issued earlier this week stated equipment would be installed on incoming Duke Energy transmission lines, which would affect Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC customers residing in Clay County, Perry Township and the surrounding areas, beginning Thursday.

Those customers would experience approximately a three-hour electric outage, beginning at 10 a.m.

Installation of the new equipment, the press release stated, would help to reduce the frequency and duration of any future outages in the area.

Middleton said Duke Energy was only responsible for "turning off the power, if you will, or disconnecting a transmission line so REMC can do whatever the repair work it is they need to do."

On Thursday, UDWI REMC CEO Brian Sparks told The Brazil Times Duke Energy feeds electricity to the Cory substation and planned to place a switch at the substation.

"We've had problems with the substation staying in," Sparks said, adding crew members from REMC are also in the area.

Sparks added an estimated total of 1,200, including 1,000 Clay County customers, could be without power for approximately three hours Thursday and possibly one more hour Friday.

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