GVEA linemen work to determine cause of outage

Fairbanks, AK- A large scale outage left thousands of Golden Valley Electric Association's members without power last evening.

10 thousand members out of their 44 thousand were affected in total.

Although the outage only lasted 15 to 20 minutes, some were out of power for much longer.

The cause was a disruption in the Intertie line that connects GVEA to Anchorage.

Diesel fueled generators are being used to provide power to those who were knocked offline by the disruption.

Spokeswoman for GVEA, Corinne Bradish says, “"It's under investigation on what the problem is that caused the outage. Matanuska Electric out of Wasilla patrols the southern half of the Intertie and the plan this morning was to patrol the Intertie by helicopter but that was cancelled due to freezing rains. Right now the line crew is using snow machines to do ground patrol and look for what caused the outage.”

Those Linemen patrolling the lines have been unable to determine the cause.

Bradish says the reason GVEA uses the Intertie that connects them to Anchorage is, “that is less expensive fuel being burned in Anchorage of Natural Gas and we buy the least expensive fuel."

Although to cause hasn’t been determined, all members’ power is restored.