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05/04/2005 ~ The cause of the power outage that affected Keys Energy Services (KEYS) customers on the afternoon of May 2nd has been traced back to a private substation in Truman Annex co-owned by the United States Navy and the City of Key West.

The resulting fault at the private substation caused a chain of events within KEYS system which led to the outage that affected KEYS residents from Key West to Big Pine. The exact cause of the fault at the private substation is still unknown. KEYS crews are in the process of assisting in the investigation.

At the time of the fault, KEYS crews were working at the Key West Diesel (KWD) Substation on Angela Street on an ongoing upgrade project. To facilitate their work, KWD was isolated and its electrical load was distributed amongst two nearby substations in Key West.

The isolation of a substation, or any other part of KEYS system, to allow for work to be performed on it is known as a Switching Procedure. Switching Procedures are considered a normal electric utility practice when work is necessary on a certain part of the system. This procedure also keeps KEYS crews safe while said work is being performed.

As a result of the substation fault, two electrical lines burned down at Angela Street; the downed lines were not the cause of the outage but rather one of its affects. No injuries were reported as a result of the downed lines.

Once again, KEYS regrets any inconveniences experienced as a result of this outage.

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