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SYSTEM UPGRADE TO REQUIRE PLANNED POWER OUTAGE FOR RESIDENTIAL PORTIONS OF OLD TOWN IN KEY WEST

05/19/2006 ~ On Wednesday, May 24th, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., the residences of Keys Energy Services (KEYS) customers in the vicinity of the Louisa Street Substation will be temporarily de-energized to accommodate system upgrades.

Residences in the 700, 800 & 900 blocks of Catherine Street; and 1100 and 1200 blocks of Grinnell, Margaret, Royal, and William streets, whose power is currently supplied via the Louisa Street Substation, will be converted over to the Thompson Street Substation for improved reliability.

The length of the planned power outage will allow KEYS crews to install new transformers and hardware to accommodate the increased capacity of electrical lines emanating from the Thompson Street Substation. Currently the Louisa Street Substation is able to sustain only 4.16 Kilovolt’s (kV)* of electricity, while the Thompson Street Substation will be able to sustain 13.8 kV.

The Louisa Street Substation will be phased out of use once the conversion project is complete and will eventually be turned in to a Pocket Park for the surrounding neighborhood to enjoy.

*Kilovolt (kV) – A unit of electrical force equal to 1,000 Volt’s**.

**Volt – The unit of measurement of electrical force or pressure. A Volt is analogous to water pressure in pounds per square inch.

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