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Lodi, WI – As a locally owned utility, Lodi Utilities has an electric crew that regularly maintains the poles, wires, and equipment that keep the lights on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As a result, the utility has a strong record for reliability. But sometimes, even the best safeguards cannot prevent an outage from occurring. Customers of Lodi Utilities experienced an outage Monday, October 29 due to an incident outside of Lodi Utilities’ service area.
“This outage occurred when a logging contractor working on private property outside of the city cut down a tree, which subsequently fell into another tree,” said American Transmission Co. spokesperson Alissa Braatz. “The impacted tree landed on a 69,000-volt ATC-owned transmission line, causing an outage of that line. Low-voltage distribution lines owned by Alliant Energy, which feed power into local homes and businesses, were co-located beneath the transmission line and were also impacted. Power was restored after crews repaired a damaged electrical insulator on the line. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and we appreciate the patience of all residents in the area during the time of repair.”
Lodi Utilities customers experienced an outage that lasted roughly two hours. “We have a highly trained, local line crew that is available immediately, but restoring power to homes and businesses – especially due to unexpected circumstances – can be a dangerous and complex job that sometimes involves many components along the distribution system,” said Lodi Utilities Director of Administration Julie Ostrander. Customers are encouraged to sign up for alerts from the city’s website, www.cityoflodi.us, in the event of a future power outage. Alerts are updated as soon as information is made available.
Lodi Utilities is a member-owner of WPPI Energy along with 50 other utilities in Wisconsin, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Iowa. The utilities work together to purchase power, share resources and jointly own electric generation facilities and transmission assets for the benefit of their local communities.