Tripped breaker causes outage

June 29, 2012 • Local News

At around 2:42 p.m., Thursday, some 1,600 Roswell residents may [auth] have experienced a dip in their electrical voltage or a brief power outage after an Xcel Energy circuit breaker tripped. The breaker tripped at Xcel’s Chaves County interchange on East Pine Lodge Road.

“It’s a system disturbance when you have that much load drop off the line. Everybody else just saw a disturbance on the system,”said Xcel Energy Regional Manager Mike McLeod.

The trip affected a direct substation, which feeds the northwest part of the city, and parts of the Pecos Valley to Artesia. It directly affected about 4,000 Xcel customers, 1,600 of whom live in Roswell.

McLeod said personnel were able to fix the problem within five minutes. Circuit breakers provide protection to Xcel’s distribution and transmission lines. The breaker in question protects a transmission line, which means it’s a high voltage line, McLeod said.

Xcel personnel are investigating the cause of the trip. At this point, McLeod said, the company does not believe the trip is heat related.

“We’ve been monitoring the loads very closely. The system has been hanging in there very well,” he said.

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