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Tennessee storms cause aging substations to go down; 27,000 lose power

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The aging electricity supply system in Tennessee is causing problems for utilities following a spate of storms, according to a recently published report.

The Tennessean reports that state utility Nashville Electric Service is working to restore power to more than 4,300 residents after a storm caused trees and tree limbs to fall on power lines. Following the storm, as many as 27,000 residents were without power, but ongoing problems have made it difficult for the utility to repair damaged power lines, according to the news source.

Many businesses in the state, including a number in the East Nashville business district of Five Points, have been without power since Tuesday's storm. However, according to NES spokesman Tim Hill, the large number of down trees and tree limbs is causing crews problems as they work to bring power sources back online.

"We spent most of yesterday clearing the debris to begin working to make repairs," Hill affirmed.

Power outages are largely avoidable with the smart grid, industry watchers assert, as it allows utilities to quickly identify and patch power disruptions. NES officials said four substations were out following Tuesday morning's storm.

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