Local News

Faulty switch blamed for systemwide outage

A faulty switch appears to be the culprit in a power outage that affected the entire Ketchikan Public Utilities system, as well as residents of Wrangell, on Friday afternoon.

The outage started just after 4 p.m. Friday, and KPU Electric Division Manager Tim McConnell told KRBD that KPU crews saw some smoke coming from the switchyard at Ketchikan’s Bailey Power Plant.

He says crews isolated the faulty switch, and then KPU fired up its diesel generators and slowly started bringing sections of the island back on line.

McConnell says the power load from Swan Lake that Ketchikan suddenly wasn’t using could easily have jolted the system in Wrangell, too, which could explain that community’s coincidental outage.

Swan Lake, run by the Southeast Alaska Power Agency, is connected to Wrangell and Petersburg by an intertie. However, Petersburg apparently was not affected.

According to KPU, all power in Ketchikan was restored by about 5:45 p.m.

Recent News

Logging emails: ‘Helpful’ or just informational?

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)
Deer Mountain was the topic of a series of borough emails this week, with some claiming the Ketchikan Gateway Borough manager had been too helpful toward the Alaska Mental Health Trust. more

Local internet users may notice effects of DoS hit

KRBD file photo
Both "denial of service" attacks focused on East Coast servers, but Ketchikan Public Utilities Sales and Marketing Division Manager Kim Simpson says some local internet users may have noticed that certain popular sites were inaccessible. more