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Power restored after widespread outage hits Anchorage residents

Over 10,000 customers of Chugach Electric Association were without power Wednesday evening.
Over 10,000 customers of Chugach Electric Association were without power Wednesday evening.(Credit: KALB)
Published: May. 25, 2022 at 10:31 PM AKDT|Updated: May. 26, 2022 at 5:16 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Over 10,000 customers of Chugach Electric Association were without power Wednesday evening. The company said the power was restored around 11:30 p.m., just over an hour after going out, according to social media posts.

According to the Chugach Electric outage map, as many as 13,000 customers were without power just after 10 p.m. Additionally, nearly 5,000 Matanuska Electric Association customers were without power Wednesday. The MEA outage map showed 4,893 customers experiencing the outage, with most along the Palmer-Wasilla Highway.

According to a Facebook post from Matanuska Electric Association, the widespread outage hit Mat-Su customers just after 10 p.m. as well.

The post said that “preliminary findings show one of the other Railbelt utilities lost some of their generation capabilities and it caused us to drop some of our load. We are going to start bringing on more folks on to our generation here in the next few minutes.”

Kenai Peninsula residents are also affected by outages. A power outage map on the Homer Electric Association site showed almost 1,500 customers without power early Thursday morning, from Kasilof to communities northeast of Homer.

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