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October 9, 2006 at 7:52pm

Storm causes power outages for Chugach customers

High winds caused outages for Chugach customers from the Kenai Peninsula to Anchorage. Most problems have been caused by trees - often beetle-killed spruce - being blown into power lines. Trees frequently fell into the lines from outside the cleared rights of way.

Outages have hit Chugach members in several communities. Hope and Sunrise lost power around 3 p.m. Sunday. At mid-afternoon Monday, Chugach crews were still in the area working to restore power.

On the west side of Cook Inlet, Tyonek and Granite Point lost power around 6 a.m. this morning. Monday afternoon a Chugach crew was working its way down the line from the Beluga power plant, clearing trees from the line.

Moose Pass residents have been without power since 6:15 a.m. Monday. A Chugach crew is on site working to restore power. Some customers in Cooper Landing have also been without power throughout the day.

A tree in Chugach's 115-kilovolt transmission line between Indian and Powerline Pass left Indian residents without power for about an hour Monday morning.

In the Anchorage Bowl, outages left a few hundred Chugach customers without power starting at about 5 a.m. today. Most customers had power back on before noon, but throughout the afternoon Chugach continued to respond to reports of small, scattered outages.

Chugach is the largest electric utility in Alaska, providing power for Alaskans throughout the Railbelt through retail, wholesale and economy energy sales.

For more information, contact Patti Bogan, 762-4736 (desk) 242-0704 (cell)