Raven Causes Lovell Power Outage | Big Horn Basin Media

Raven Causes Lovell Power Outage

Written by on October 27, 2017

If you were one of the two thousand Rocky Mountain Power customers who lost electricity Sunday, you can blame a bird.
According to an article in the Lovell Chronicle, the official cause of the power outage in the Lovell area was bird mortality – a raven found its way into a substation at around 8:30 p.m. and short circuited the power. According to Spencer Hall, a spokesperson for Rocky Mountain Power, the bird had to be manually removed from the power station in order to restore service.
The Western Sugar Plant was also affected by the outage, according to the article – some of the equipment had to be re-booted in order for beet processing to resume. Power was restored about 45 minutes after the bird incident.
This is the second time this year that a raven has been the cause of a power outage at that location – the same thing happened in July.

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