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September 20, 2018

‘Static Wire’ Source of ‘Momentary’ Power Loss


FULTON, NY – The cause of reported short-term, intermittent power outages in the cities of Fulton, Oswego, and village of Phoenix, last night was rooted in a loose ‘static wire’ 34 miles away in Clay.

National Grid spokeswoman for this region, Virginia Limmiatis, said on Wednesday that the power company was aware of a ‘static wire’ problem and described its effect on the power supply.

The static wire at the station in Clay, which runs a continuous 34 miles to the city of Oswego, serving about 10,000 National Grid customers, became loose.

“Static wire is the top wire of a transmission line. It is purposefully there to act as the recipient of, for example, a lightning strike. Static wire is a conductor, but it’s there to receive any weather related issues,” Limmiatis said.

When the Clay station static wire came loose it impacted the transmission line underneath it, the spokeswoman explained. “That was the cause of the ‘stutter-stop’ series of outages that we call ‘momentaries.'”

Limmiatis said it was reported there were about six series of electric outages, in 10 minute intervals of moments where lights would flicker or completely turn off.

“That first started at about 10:45 p.m. and was finally stabilized at about midnight,” she said.

The spokeswoman noted that repair involved restringing the static wire or removing it where it impacted the transmission line.

National Grid said the problem has been corrected at this time.

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