|Update: July 22 outages in Fairfield, Franklin & Pickaway Counties
Several thousand South Central Power members in portions of Franklin, Fairfield & Pickaway Counties experienced multiple outages & blinking lights last night.
The root cause of the initial outage was equipment failure at our Lithopolis Substation. In order to restore the power, the co-op took a number of steps, including moving electric load to other substations. As it was doing so, other equipment problems occurred & two spans of wire burned down in the Canal Winchester & Lithopolis areas.
South Central Power has taken the defective equipment offline for testing & repair. While that work is performed, some members are being served by other area substation feeds.
Prior to last night’s events, the cooperative’s Board of Trustees approved a plan that calls for extensive system work & equipment upgrades in this area. That work will occur over the next six to nine months & should help to alleviate these sorts of issues.
South Central Power understands last night’s circumstances were frustrating & inconvenient for its members. We thank you for your patience as our crews made repairs and restored power.