Planned outages for network

Residents may experience several power outages overthe next week as Essential Energycarriesout an intensive program of electricity network maintenance in theCowra, Youngand Grenfell areas during mid-December to improve the reliability of the local power supply.

The mid-December maintenance will begin on Monday,December 12 and continue through until Saturday, December 17.

Regional manager Southern, Steven Ilitch, said crews would be working at various sites in the rurallocations of Woodstock, Bimbi, Caragabal, Greenethorpe, Quandialla, Bribbaree, Koorawatha andWeedallion.

MrIlitch said the maintenance was part of theirregularprogram of asset maintenance.

“Crews will complete a variety of tasks including replacing power poles, cross-arms, insulating devicesand upgrading electrical equipment to further strengthen the network,” hesaid.

“This work is part of Essential Energy’s regular program of asset maintenance and follows theidentification of potential network faults during our annual aerial and ground-based inspections.

“Crews will rectify any repairs required to ensure network integrity and mitigate bushfire risks.”

MrIlitch said thatextensive planning has been undertaken to minimise the inconvenience to customers including bringingin an additional 70 crew members from several regional depots to complete the work in the shortesttimeframe and with a minimum of power outages.

“Due to the scale of the project, several planned power outages will be necessary between December 12 andDecember 17, 2016 to allow crews to safely access the electricity network,” hesaid.

“All affected residents and businesses will be notified in advance to allow time to make alternativearrangements, however, work has been planned so that customers will only experience a single poweroutage as part of this project.”

Essential Energy has several handy tips to help customers prepare for planned power outages availableon its website at: essentialenergy苏州美甲培训419论坛/outages,

Some of the tips are: toavoidopening thefridge or freezer while the power is off,protect sensitive electrical appliances, such as computers, by switching them off and unplugging them before the planned outage andswitching off stove hotplates, ovensand any other small appliances in case you’re not home when power is restored.

Due to the nature of this work, Essential Energy will require vehicle access to some rural propertiesthroughout the course of the project.

“We thank the community for its patience and understanding during these network improvement works,” MrIlitchsaid.

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