Additional power outage planned for Wauneta Thursday, Oct. 20

| 10/18/2016 |

Crews from SWPPD, NPPD, IES Commercial, Inc. and the Village of Wauneta completed switchwork and updates to the Wauneta substation during last Thursday’s power outage. Here, crew members from SWPPD, IES and NPPD can be seen completing tasks on the Wauneta substation during last week’s outage. (Sheri Hink-Wagner | Johnson Publications)
Crews from SWPPD, NPPD, IES Commercial, Inc. and the Village of Wauneta completed switchwork and updates to the Wauneta substation during last Thursday’s power outage. Here, crew members from SWPPD, IES and NPPD can be seen completing tasks on the Wauneta substation during last week’s outage. (Sheri Hink-Wagner | Johnson Publications)

2-3 hour power outage planned for Thursday, Oct. 20

By Sheri Hink-Wagner

The Wauneta Breeze

The Village of Wauneta underwent a planned power outage last Thursday, Oct. 6 in preparation for installation of a new transformer at the Wauneta substation.

Despite months of detailed plans, things did not go exactly as planned. The outage was expected to last for 10 hours and in reality lasted for 11.5 to 12 hours. The extension was due to two main factors—the rainy weather and inaccuracies in the phasing plans.

The outage was intended to complete work needed to transfer the Village’s power onto temporary substation provided by Southwest Public Power District (SWPPD) and Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD). However, due to inaccuracies in the phasing diagrams drawn by engineers and time constraints the Village’s power was not able to be transferred to the temporary substation during last week’s power outage.

Village Superintendent Bill Bischoff explained if the phasing was not corrected it could cause incorrect operation of three-phase electric motors and three-phase compressors.

As a result of the incorrect phasing and weather delays, the Village will experience another power outage, estimated for two to three hours in length, on next Thursday, Oct. 20 to transfer power to the temporary substation. The outage is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. MT/3 p.m. CT.

Although the village’s power was not able to be physically switched to the temporary subs, much of the work on the substation needed to make the switch possible was completed, therefore allowing the much shorter power outage next week.