As of Thursday, August 24, 2017
PATH OF TOTALITY, Ore. Rare as they are, solar eclipses are more predictable and easier to prepare for than rogue Pacific storms, events Pacific Power plans for several times a year.
Leading up to the eclipse the morning of Aug. 21, Pacific Power is taking an all hands on deck approach. Nonessential work on the grid has been postponed and employees have been put on call. Equipment and material are prepositioned and ready for use as needed
“We work with local emergency management groups year around, planning for events that have the potential to disrupt power to our customers,” Curtis Mansfield, vice president of operations, said. “Our crews are on standby and stationed strategically for the eclipse to make repairs should they become necessary.”
He said the main concern is being able to get to an outage. Roads may be congested. “We are working with local authorities to assure access,” he said.
Pacific Power does not anticipate outage problems due to overcapacity.
Pacific Power urges customers to stay safe.
For eclipse safety tips go to www.oregon.gov/oem/hazardsprep.
Call any time to report a power outage or a downed line, 1-877-508-5088.