Thursday, January 3, 2008

Lakeland Electric's Power Outages During the 1/2/08 Cold Snap

If you live near Interlachen Park and you lost power between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. last night, don't get your panties in a wad, thinking that you were the victim of a rolling brown out. Some yahoo hit a power pole in the area and knocked out the power.

I spoke to Richard Gilbert, Lakeland Electric's production manager, this morning and he said there were about 14 locations that lost power last night due to the cold weather and overloaded transformers. In all, fewer than 500 customers were effected.

When asked how the electric company performed during the cold weather, Gilbert had this to say: "I think we did very well. We could have had a large number of outages with this wind and weather. We didn’t have that. We've been maintaining the system for the last few years and it shows that it’s in good shape."

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