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01/13/2006 ~ Florida Keys Electric Co-Operative (FKEC) crews will be performing planned maintenance to a Marathon Substation during the early morning hours of Sunday, January 15th. While the maintenance takes place, Keys Energy Services (KEYS) customers will be powered by local generation instead of power from the mainland grid.

FKEC will be replacing lightning arrestors in the substation, which requires de-energizing a portion of the Marathon substation and stopping the flow of power along the transmission line (tieline) into the Lower Keys. Since power will not flow South, KEYS will use its generation located at Stock Island, Cudjoe Key and Big Pine Key - to produce electricity and serve all customers from Key West to the Seven-Mile Bridge.

KEYS customers should not experience an interruption of service, however, should be aware of said maintenance. FKEC crews will work between 1:00 to 5:00 a.m. Sunday morning when electrical loads for the tieline are the lowest.

The Utility Board of the City of Key West jointly owns the tieline with the FKEC. The tieline extends through the Florida Keys along U.S. Highway 1 and ties into the mainland transmission grid at the Dade-Monroe County Line.

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