Few major outages in 2016
Weather is one factor that affects the reliability of your electric service, and we were fortunate to have mostly favorable conditions in 2016.
Our largest outage event for the year was on June 25, when a line of severe thunderstorms moved east across our service area. There were about 200 outages caused by that storm, affecting approximately 7,000 members. Despite the volume of outages, the average duration for affected members was three hours.
Most of the outages during that storm were caused by wind and trees. They occurred in Isanti, Pine and Chisago counties in Minnesota and Douglas County in Wisconsin.
Most outages affect only one or two members. They are frequently caused by small animals, equipment failure or vehicle and machinery accidents. Since we began installing animal guards system-wide in 2013, the number of outages caused by squirrels and birds has declined significantly.