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Archive for Monday, May 23, 2011

Power restored to thousands of Westar Energy customers north of Sixth Street

May 23, 2011, 11:03 a.m. Updated May 23, 2011, 2:35 p.m.

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Four thousand Westar Energy customers lost power in Lawrence Monday morning.

Power has been restored to nearly all customers as of 2:30 p.m., according to the company's website.

The area affected was north of Sixth Street and west of Massachusetts.

Westar Energy representative Nick Bundy said that the outage was likely caused by a bird that flew into a substation in the 1200 block of North 1800 Road.

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thuja 2 years, 11 months ago

There was a time in the not-too distant past when there was no power whatsoever, anywhere.

Face it>>>>>>>>We're addicted!

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clovis_sangrail 2 years, 11 months ago

There is technology to keep animals from getting into critical parts of power lines and frying themselves and causing outages. I found this in about a minute of google searching -- http://www.cantega.com/power-system-protection/overview-protective-covers -- so its not like Westar would not be aware of a solution to the problem.

Perhaps the J-W would care to find out why these devices are not used here.

My suspicion is that installing something to ensure reliable service is nowhere near as high a priority for Westar as ensuring the CEO's bonus.

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wood451 2 years, 11 months ago

All you negitive nabobs are a bunch of spoiled brats. A few hours without electricity? Get over it!

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Soapbox 2 years, 11 months ago

Westar confirms Bigfoot wandered in to a substation and shorted out the grid trying to get a charge for its Ipod!

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jafs 2 years, 11 months ago

There should be an easy solution to this problem, and Westar should implement it.

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GardenMomma 2 years, 11 months ago

I heard it was a fire. Can a bird flying into the substation cause a fire? Just wondering.

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Multidisciplinary 2 years, 11 months ago

Years ago, in my mom's new neighborhood, on her back property line there was a pole and transformer. No kidding, we could watch the darned squirrels (Or occasional coon or cat) head up the pole, or across the line to it, and wait (pins and needles, especially of something was in the oven) to see it he and his tail made the final connection, if you get my drift (or the drifting smell of fried squirrel). After scores of times with mom calling, they finally put some new gadget up there, and it solved their particular situation. But until then, there were a lot of squirrel bodies to be tossed out back by the creek overgrowth.

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Paula Kissinger 2 years, 11 months ago

Power was out for 2 1/4 hours. Gets really old !!!

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Sigmund 2 years, 11 months ago

wmathews (Whitney Mathews) replies… "I just spoke with Westar Energy rep Nick Bundy. He said the outage was caused by a bird that flew into a substation on N. 1800 Road."

After being told that my power was out yet again (24 times in 24 months) because of animals and weather I asked the Westar representative if they had birds, squirrels, snakes, and weather where she lived and how often her power was out? When she told me her power had not been out in over two years she got a lot more cooperative and Westar got a lot more proactive.

Most people I know want reliable electric power and couldn't give a toss for Smart Meters!

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Pywacket 2 years, 11 months ago

It was a dodo bird. You heard it here first.

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thelonious 2 years, 11 months ago

Wow...it's a different animal's fault every time. Previous outages were supposedly caused by a squirrel and a snake. The last one they just blamed on faulty equipment - not very creative. Now we're back to the animal kingdom - a bird. I think the LJW should have a poll every time there is an outage - "what animal do you think Westar will claim caused the latest power outage in Lawrence - squirrel, snake, bird, raccoon, skunk, or other".

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wdl 2 years, 11 months ago

That's Weststar's story. It is actually their approach to energy conservation. I wonder who will get the bird tomorrow. Why do we need smart meters if they are going to shut down different parts of the city each day.

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prospector 2 years, 11 months ago

I bet it did not fly out... in one piece at least.

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showerqueen 2 years, 11 months ago

I heard there was an explosion at the plant.

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jackpot 2 years, 11 months ago

Back on here. Out for 1/2 hour.

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sourpuss 2 years, 11 months ago

@clovis - With Kansas cutting out the arts, libraries, social assistance, medical assistance and infrastructure maintenance, how is it appreciably different from the third-world? Westar fits right in. /hyperbole

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clovis_sangrail 2 years, 11 months ago

It is getting to be that on any given day, about 10 percent of Westar's Lawrence customers are without power at some point during the day.

Westar -- the cutting edge of third-world power distribution technology.

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kansasredlegs 2 years, 11 months ago

Rebellion of all those "Smart Meters" which were recently installed by Sky Net, 'er Westar?

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