Lightning strike disrupts power

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North Community area affected

By Special to the Monitor

A lightning strike on Tuesday night affected electric power supply to North Community for nine minutes — from 8:31 to 8:40 p.m. — officials from the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities reported.  

 On-call electric linemen from the DPU were dispatched upon report of the power failure.

They patrolled and located the substation breaker that had opened and restored power.

The brief outage affected about 1,498 customers in the North Community.

Upgrade and maintenance priorities for Los Alamos’ electric distribution system are described in the DPU’s white paper (December 2008) “Reliability Factors,” available by request by e-mailing dpu@lacnm.us, or by visiting www.los


The  August  2009 Reliability Protection status update is available at: www.losalamosnm.us/utilities/Electricity/WPReliabilityProtection0908.pdf.  

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the county-owned electric, gas, water and wastewater systems under the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Utilities. The Board meets the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. and the public is always welcome.

 The DPU is funded by rates paid for electric, gas, water and wastewater services and auxiliary fees, and has provided the community with these services for more than 40 years.  Established under Article 5 of the 1968 Charter for the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, the DPU provides payments to Los Alamos County in lieu of the franchise fees and taxes that would normally be assessed against a privately-owned utility.