Power Usage Due to Extreme Cold is Cause of Recent Power Outage

Jan 16th, 2014 | By admin | Category: News and Features

BY LEE “CAT” McLANE

Editor/Publisher

The high usage of electricity during the sub-freezing weather last week was the cause of a power outage Tuesday, January 7th. The time of many of the outages varied from Monday night and on into Tuesday.

According to Entergy spokesperson, Sally Graham, “At 12:52 p.m. on Tuesday, we had an outage that affected about 1,765 customers in Beebe. We restored power in batches, monitored the load levels so they did not reach the trip set points, and brought on more customers. At 2:19 p.m. on Tuesday, the outage number for that area was 692 customers. This number can fluctuate as we continue to bring on customers.”  The power was restored to the area around 3-4 p.m. that day.

Graham went on to explain how the outage occurred by saying, “On Monday and Tuesday, when temperatures were setting record lows and in the single digits and teens, the power outages were caused due to a load issue.  In some areas, because we can get power to customers from more than one line, we do what is called switching to balance the load levels. In Beebe, we did not have that ability because the line was a radial line, fed from only one power source.”

During extreme temperatures when people use lots of electricity and there is a power outage, restoration of power requires voltage levels to be monitored so that a line is not tripped - and that is why the power is restored in a sequential order.