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Power outage hits Fairbanks area

Published: Jun. 3, 2021 at 4:53 PM AKDT|Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 4:54 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - A power outage hit the Fairbanks area at 11:00 a.m. on June 3, blacking out traffic lights, homes and businesses.

14 thousand electric meters were affected, nearly one third of the meters serviced by Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA).

Not all of Fairbanks saw their power go out, and electricity was restored to homes and some industrial areas within 45 minutes.

Since then, the rest of the grid has been brought back online.

According to GVEA, the outage was caused when the intertie that connects the Alaskan Interior with power sources from Southcentral Alaska was tripped.

Meadow Bailey, Director of External Affairs and Public Relations for GVEA, said, “It’s like the Interior is at the end of an extension cord.”

“We bring power up through that intertie from Bradley Lake... so we bring power that’s generated, hydropower, and we also bring power up from Southcentral utilities when they generate additional power that we can purchase, because they have access to natural gas, and so we can purchase it at a lower cost than what it costs us to generate in the Interior,” she added.

The cause of the trip at the intertie is currently unknown.

Information and updates about power outages in the Fairbanks area can be found here.

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