For the last few weeks people in the Rockyford area have been experiencing intermittent problems with electrical power.
 
It turns out not to be gremlins, but to be power company employees who are busy upgrading a 50 year old main line.
 
"We are performing this work without shutting the power off; it's called live line work, so they actually work on the lines while they're live," explained Alana Antonelli of Fortis Alberta. "In order to do this we have to set the sensitivity so that if the line gets tripped, even slightly, the power goes off."
 
"If a bird even touches the line or that sort of thing, they may experience an outage as a result and we get it back on as quickly as possible; it usually takes about 15 minutes," she added. "There was one lengthier outage when they were working on the old line; there was a piece of equipment that failed as they were working, and so that took about 45 minutes to an hour."
 
The up side of it, said Antonelli, is that the end result will be fewer power interruptions in the area down the road.
 
"We're doing what we can to mitigate any outages and wer'e doing line patrols to see if there's anything that might be causing trips and that, and keeping an eye on those things," she told Drum FM. "Once everything is rebuilt and back to normal, our goal is to have a more reliable system."
 
Work on the project began in April and is scheduled to wrap up by the end of July.
 

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