Columbus, Neb. – With projected weather to hit the Panhandle region, a planned power outage in Melbeta and Minatare to put a new substation into service set for last Thursday has been moved to Tuesday, April 21.
An outage was conducted March 18 so construction work could be completed on the new substation and Tuesday’s outage will allow the new substation to be placed into service.
There will be two separate outages, the first impacting approximately 414 customers in Minatare and some customers in the rural area northeast of Minatare. That outage will begin at 9 a.m. Mountain time, and is estimated to last until 12 p.m. The second outage will impact approximately 208 customers in Melbeta and will begin at 1:30 p.m., lasting approximately three hours.
“Our plan was to complete the work Thursday, but with weather projections being called for we realized that this would not be a suitable time to take an outage,” NPPD District Superintendent Dennis Wademan said. “We understand the inconvenience a power outage can cause, but we appreciate the patience of our customers as this necessary work is completed.
“The two older substations are reaching their end of life and this work will help sustain the reliability of NPPD’s system in these communities. “There is never a great time to take a power outage, but our crews will be doing their best to get the work completed as safely and efficiently as possible Tuesday.”
Customers who will be impacted by this outage will be notified by NPPD prior to the outage takes place.