Winter Park loses power for a few hours when inisulator fails
May 9, 2008
Areas of Winter Park lost power around 10:15 a.m. Thursday, said Maura Ransom, director of office services for Mountain Parks Electric.
A porcelain, dual insulator failed, causing a “huge” ball of fire, said Greg Guthridge, manager of operations for Mountain Parks Electric.
“Anything can fail and that particular one did,” he added.
This knocked out electricity on the east and west sides of Winter Park, he said.
“The guys got down there, did some switching,” he said, adding that they had the east-side of town back on by 11 a.m.
The remainder of the town was in the dark until 12:40 p.m., he said.
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“Those insulators are probably around 20 years old,” Guthridge said.
The porcelain insulators have developed much stress, aging and weathering over the years, he said.
Workers have been replacing the old insulators with polymer insulators, he said.
“We’ve been putting polymer up for several years now,” he added. “We try to be progressive.”