High demand leads to power outages in Fentress, Roane, counties

High demand leads to power outages in Fentress, Roane, Polk counties

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About 4,200 Volunteer Energy Cooperative customers lost power early Wednesday morning due to increased demand caused by the frigid temperatures. About 4,200 Volunteer Energy Cooperative customers lost power early Wednesday morning due to increased demand caused by the frigid temperatures.
Jamestown resident Deborah Laraway was among those who lost power. Jamestown resident Deborah Laraway was among those who lost power.

JAMESTOWN (WATE) - About 4,200 Volunteer Energy Cooperative customers lost power early Wednesday morning due to increased demand caused by the frigid temperatures.

"Anytime you get below 10 [degrees], we kind of see things happen that's not normal," said VEC Head of Operations in Jamestown, Michael Cook.

VEC says the majority of the outages were "blink" outages caused when equipment overheats due to the extremely high demand. Lengthier outages occurred in Polk, Fentress and Roane counties.

"It heated up and as it heats, it sags and makes a belly in it. And it gets down in to what we call the neutral and it knocks our breaker out," explained Cook.

About 1,900 people in Fentress County were without power as of around 8:30 a.m. EST. Crews worked to restore power as quickly as possible.

"Last night it went out about 2:00, 2:30 and didn't come back on until about 4:00. Then it went back out again and it stayed off the second time about two and a half to three hours," said Jamestown resident Deborah Laraway.

Laraway's power has been restored, but VEC crews then began checking the lines near her home, trying to spot any more potential problems.

Approximately 1,300 people in Polk County lost power around 4:48 a.m. due to a downed electric line. Everyone had their power restored within a few hours.

The Ten Mile area of Roane County also experienced an outage about 5:49 a.m. due to overheated equipment. Power was restored to the 1,000 customers affected by 7 a.m.

"Eventually, yes, it will happen again. I wish I could say I could fix it where it won't, but I can't tell you that. It's just part of the business."

Most VEC customers in Jamestown had service restored by Wednesday afternoon, but crews will remain on call if needed. VEC says it apologizes for any inconveniences.

6 News Reporter KAYLA STRAYER contributed to this report.

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