FORT MORGAN- Morgan County Rural Electric Association (MCREA) members in the Prospect Valley area will experience a planned electrical outage on Thursday, Sep. 29, beginning at 11 p.m. and ending at 3 a.m. on Friday, September 30.
Affected members will recall the first planned outage for this area, which took place on Tuesday, Sep. 13. Both outages are at the request of and performed by the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), a federal agency. WAPA scheduled these outages to carry out preventative maintenance on transmission-level equipment owned by WAPA, not MCREA. This maintenance is intended to increase system reliability.
Though MCREA contacted a vast majority of the affected members prior to the planned outage on Sep. 13, the outage extended beyond the terms and timeframe set by WAPA, and in turn communicated to MCREA members. MCREA was not provided prior notice of the extended outage, nor did any MCREA employees participate in the outage work or contribute to the delay.
Despite the event being out of the electric cooperative’s control, MCREA understands that any outage is an inconvenience and sincerely apologizes to its members who were affected.
In light of the delays of the Sep. 13 outage, MCREA has worked with WAPA to schedule the second outage—which is needed to carry out the last phase of maintenance—at a time more convenient for the majority of members. As a result, the next planned outage will take place overnight.
MCREA will closely monitor the Sep. 29 outage and communicate any changes to its membership. For live outage updates, MCREA members can visit the cooperative’s online outage center or check its Facebook page.
As a member-owned electric cooperative, MCREA is committed to serving its members by providing safe, reliable energy with a strong tradition and vision for the future.