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UPPER KEYS SUBSTATION FAULT CAUSES POWER OUTAGE

12/19/2003 ~ A fault at Tavernier Substation caused a power outage affecting all Keys Energy Services (KEYS) customers Friday morning. The outage lasted approximately 30 minutes.

KEYS customers from the Seven-Mile Bridge to Key West lost power at 11:33 a.m. as a result of an operator error by Florida Keys Electric Cooperative’s (FKEC) personnel who were working at the Tavernier Substation. The tieline was reenergized 30 minutes later at 12:03 p.m., with all KEYS customers being energized by 12:10 p.m.

Typically, the tieline is restored within 15-20 minutes. About 10 minutes into the outage, KEYS received word from FKEC that they were having trouble restoring the tieline, so KEYS started to fire up generators at the Stock Island Generating Facility in order to supply KEYS customers with power. While crews at Stock Island worked to bring the backup generation on line, FKEC notified KEYS that they had overcome the trouble and would be able to re-energize the tieline. The tieline was re-energzed at 12:03 (30 minutes into the outage) and the backup generation was not needed.

Today’s tieline outage is the eighth tieline outage of 2003. Seven outages originated in the FKEC area, one originated in the Florida, Power and Light area and none originated in the KEYS area.

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

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