A message for SLEMCO customers in Sugar Mill Pond – Planned Power Outage on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at 2 a.m.
From SLEMCO’s Facebook page:
“Extended record-breaking heat and unprecedented electric load in your neighborhood recently caused fuses in a fuse cabinet to melt – resulting in two recent power outages. Fuse cabinets are used to sectionalize underground electric load serving your neighborhood which allow us to reduce the number of homes or businesses affected by individual outages. The two fuses that melted were our maximum-sized neighborhood fuses. Fuses this large have never melted before on our system. We are immediately replacing the affected fuse cabinet with a piece of equipment called a Vista. A Vista can accommodate higher capacity fuses and more electric load. We already have several Vistas working in Sugar Mill Pond. For the safety of our employees, an outage will be required to complete the last phase of the installation. The schedule for final installation is at approximately 2 am on Wednesday, August 9th to minimize the inconvenience to customers. The outage is expected to last two to three hours. As much work as possible will be performed in advance and staged at the location by our Overhead, Underground and Substation personnel to minimize outage time. We appreciate your patience as we work to improve service to Sugar Mill Pond.”