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Posted on January 27, 2014 at 10:42 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
Q: What is going on in Webster with multiple, large-scale power outages during the last few months, and what is RG&E going to do about it?
A: Providing safe, reliable service to our customers is a top priority for all of us at RG&E. We become very concerned when our customers experience multiple, large-scale outages, like the four that have occurred in Webster during the last few months.
All four outages were caused by problems on the same 34.5 kV sub-transmission line (745) that feeds 3 substations (73, 90 and 92) that serve 4,223 customers in northwest Webster:
Each outage affected all 4,223 customers served by the circuit.
After the January 6th incident, RG&E formed a dedicated team to investigate the causes of the outages and create a plan to fix them. Members of the team include two senior managers as well as transmission, system automation, substation, distribution and vegetation control specialists. This team conducted a thorough investigation, and determined, among other things, the existing aerial cable, originally installed in 1965, has reached the end of its useful life.
The team developed a comprehensive plan to correct the situation and improve the reliability of that circuit. RG&E executives approved the plan and we’ve started executing it. Here is what we have already done to improve reliability in that area:
Here is what we are doing now or will begin shortly:
In the long-term:
I will keep you updated of any further developments as we go forward.
Congratulations to Two Town Employee’s
First, I would like to offer congratulations to David Herrle for being selected as Webster’s Officer of the year for 2014. Officer Herrle joined the Webster Police Department in 2002 and has shown to be a most competent and caring police officer.
Officer Herrle continues to be a top producer for vehicle and traffic enforcement, arrests, and calls for service. This is great honor bestowed upon Officer Herrle and all of us in Webster congratulate him for this fine award.
Second, I would like to congratulate Webster Wastewater employee Ray Schlegel for winning the NYWEA Collection Systems Operator Award for 2013. Ray has worked for the town for over 30 years and has been the collection system foreman for the past six years. Ray has in is sights over 13,000 residential users, over 290 miles of sanitary sewer, and 21 sanitary pump stations to oversee. Ray also handles the after hour call outs, inspections, and new sewer planning throughout the town.
Just recently Ray spoke to me about retirement but I tried hard to convince him that Webster needed his services in to the future. So whatever decision Ray makes, I and the rest of the Webster community wish to congratulate him on winning this outstanding award for himself and the family at the Webster Wastewater Treatment Facility.
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