In the early morning hours of Friday, July 27, a substation on Lake Road in Lottsburg caught fire leaving about 2,000 residents without power. According to Jay Garner of Northern Neck Electric, an internal component inside one of the regulators malfunctioned causing a fire to break out.
Flames could be seen coming from the top of the regulator as fire department units and Northern Neck Electric crews were dispatched to the scene.
Manager of Engineering Scott Smith said the exact cause was unknown at the time but the fire started around 6:15 a.m.
“Even though the fire damaged only one of the insulators, we’re going to replace the entire set just in case,” Smith said.
Crews worked diligently to get power restored to the area and residents had power around 1 p.m. that afternoon. Crews were there most of the day, even after power was restored, getting the substation squared away.
“I don’t suspect there’s any damage to the other two regulators but we want to make sure we have a good working set going back in,” Smith said.
The voltage on modern distribution energy resources is becoming increasingly difficult to manage with resources; such as solar, combined with the growth of sophisticated loads creating voltage challenges on distribution network systems.
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