Utah power company uses outage to replace damaged insulators

October 22, 2019 GMT

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — A Utah power company has replaced three ceramic insulators during an unplanned outage.

The Herald Journal reported Monday that Hyrum Light & Power believes the insulators were damaged by someone shooting at them.

Company authorities say the power outage was caused when a Rocky Mountain powerline went down Friday affecting the south of Cache Valley last week.

Authorities say about 3,000 customers were without power for about 5 hours in Hyrum, Wellsville and Mendon.

Authorities say the insulators cost about $250 each, not including labor fees.

Authorities say it takes workers about 3 hours to replace the insulators on the live 46,000-volt line.

Company authorities say any outage is costly for city residences and businesses, including planned maintenance outages.


Information from: The Herald Journal, http://www.hjnews.com