Many Sitkans experienced a brief power outage shortly after midnight on Friday morning (4-30-21).
According to a city press release, power went out for many electric customers around 12:20 a.m. when a generator at Blue Lake unexpectedly shut down. The city Electric Department turned on another turbine and began restoring power to affected areas. Power was fully restored at 12:46 a.m.
In an interview today, city spokesperson Melissa Henshaw said that an Electric Department crew examined the system, and discovered that a “protective device” sensed low oil pressure and triggered the generator shutdown. That system has now been fully restored.