JACKSON — The weekend’s ice, snow and strong winds caused transmission line outages over the weekend.
At around 2 a.m. Sunday, an outage occurred at Federated Rural Electric’s Round Lake Substation. Next, 1,539 Federated members from five substations (Minneota, Dunnell, Middletown, Enterprise and Wisconsin) lost power from 7 a.m. until about 8 a.m. Sunday. The ice and strong winds caused Great River Energy’s transmission lines to gallop or bounce, causing blinking lights and finally an outage.
“Great River Energy remotely switched the lines to backfeed power from a different direction,” said Matt Madden, Federated’s assistant operations manager. “GRE’s crews determined the worst galloping lines were near the Minneota substation, so it was shut off and power was backfed from neighboring substations by Federated’s line crews.
“Federated thanks members for their patience,” Madden added. “With transmission line outages our crews help drive the lines to determine where the problem is, but we cannot work on GRE’s transmission lines. We remind members to follow Federated’s Facebook page for major outage updates. If you cannot call and get through to dispatch after hours, that often means it’s a major power outage is occurring and we have dispatched crews.”