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.  

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