Archive for Monday, August 13, 2007

KCPL the culprit in Sunday’s power outages in Baldwin City

August 13, 2007

Two separate power outages in Baldwin City Sunday night were the result of problems with KCPL, which supplies the city on off-peak times in the summer.

The city has been generating its own power during the recent heat wave, but typically doesn't during the weekends. However, the city was generating until about 6 p.m. Sunday, then switched to the KCPL feed. That's when problems occurred.

The first outage was at 7:30 p.m., but power was eventually restored for a short while. The second outage was at 9:30 p.m. and lasted almost to midnight. The problems were the result of sub-station switches, said City Administrator Jeff Dingman.

"We typically don't generate on weekends, but we have generated for the last 10 days or so, including weekends, and will probably continue to generate every day until the heat wave breaks," said Dingman. "We generated yesterday until about 6 p.m. and had no issues.

"All the issues happened when we started taking our full load again from KCPL," he said.

The problem was in switching at the sub-station from the KCPL Gardner feed. Eventually, the switch was made to the Ottawa feed and that's when power was restored for good. KCPL has a crew in Baldwin City today to try and correct the problems.

Because the problem was unknown, city utility personnel decided it was too risky to try and generate. Had the problem been with KCPL and not the sub-station, damage could have been done to the generating plant.

The Signal will update this story when additional information is available and there will be a story in this week's Signal.

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