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Posted June 24, 2010 | Leave a comment
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative making repairs
Some Berryville-area residents and businesses have been experiencing some electrical outages in the past week. The Rappahannock Electric Cooperative sent out this press release today detailing the problems:
Fredericksburg, VA - The newly acquired Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) member-owners in the Berryville area of Clarke County have experienced extensive outages during the last week. We are conducting an all-out effort to identify and correct the problems on the distribution lines and substations that serve this area. A thorough patrol along the lines and an evaluation of the equipment is underway.
"We find the current level of reliability unacceptable and will continue to pursue corrective actions to limit the number and duration of outages in the future," said John Crawford, REC's Blue Ridge district manager in Front Royal. "Our goal is to provide our member-owners with safe, dependable electric service, and we appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as we work to make the necessary improvements in the Berryville area," continued Crawford.
On June 14 REC crews found that fuses serving a mobile substation transformer had blown as a result of a faulty switch. The mobile transformer was in place while maintenance work was being performed on the permanent transformer in the Old Chapel substation, and member-owners in the Berryville area experienced an outage that lasted several hours.
As REC continues to apply its high standards for system maintenance in the former Allegheny Power territory, our new members will see fewer of these interruptions in service. The Cooperative greatly appreciates everyone's understanding and patience during this transition period.
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