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Brief: Power Out on St. Croix Several Hours Friday Evening

Sept. 14, 2007 — St. Croix experienced an island-wide power outage starting just before 4 p.m. Friday and lasting several hours.
The problem was not with a generator but with the power plant’s internal power-distribution system, said Water and Power Authority Spokeswoman Cassandra Dunn.
“Our engineers say it was a fault on the station service distribution buss,” she said. “It’s a bit involved, but essentially there was probably a short inside the system that feeds power inside the plant, powering the plant itself.”
When the power distribution feeding station shut down, it caused a cascading failure throughout the system, Dunn said. Technicians isolated the fault and began bypassing it, lighting up each feeder one after another. By 8:10 p.m. power was back to most of the island, and around 9:30 all power was restored.
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Sept. 14, 2007 -- St. Croix experienced an island-wide power outage starting just before 4 p.m. Friday and lasting several hours.
The problem was not with a generator but with the power plant’s internal power-distribution system, said Water and Power Authority Spokeswoman Cassandra Dunn.
“Our engineers say it was a fault on the station service distribution buss,” she said. “It’s a bit involved, but essentially there was probably a short inside the system that feeds power inside the plant, powering the plant itself.”
When the power distribution feeding station shut down, it caused a cascading failure throughout the system, Dunn said. Technicians isolated the fault and began bypassing it, lighting up each feeder one after another. By 8:10 p.m. power was back to most of the island, and around 9:30 all power was restored.
Back Talk Share your reaction to this news with other Source readers. Please include headline, your name and city and state/country or island where you reside.