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Stillwater Electric Utility update (May 20-21)

Released:May 21, 2019


(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / May 21, 2019) – On May 20 and into the late morning hours of May 21, Stillwater endured torrential down pours of rain combined with severe electrically active thunderstorms which included damaging winds. Throughout the storm duration the electric utility recorded three separate electric outages, which affected three customers. The electric utility has approximately 21,500 customers. 

During one of the heaviest parts of one of the many storms, at 6:54 p.m. the protective relaying isolated the transformer at the North Tap substation, which is one of the three electric supplies into the City. The utility recently completed the transmission piece of the Power Line Improvement Project, which included building four miles of new transmission lines, two miles of which includes the new lines down north Husband Street on the east side of Boomer Lake to better sectionalize the transmission system and provide redundancy. 

Without these improvements to the transmission system, 5,670 customers would have been without power from 6:54 p.m. on May 20 until early in the morning of May 21 due to safety protocol surrounding lightning. The customers that would have been affected would be residential, commercial, and all of the industrial customers. However, the system performed as designed and not one customer was affected by the North Tap transmission substation outage. 

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