HURON — NorthWestern Energy customers are not currently experiencing significant storm-related outages; however, occasional blinks or short-term outages are possible over the next few days as the ice begins to melt off transmission lines and equipment throughout the region.
“NorthWestern is part of a larger integrated regional power system. This means the NorthWestern system can see short-term and limited impacts as other utilities in the region deal with ice off-loading and significant repairs to their systems,” said Mike Sydow — Area Manager SD/NE. “While NorthWestern customers were fortunate that the storm did not cause major system damage, other utilities located more in the ice zone were not so fortunate.”
NorthWestern Energy officials encourage customers to use caution and common sense around electric power lines while removing snow from roofs or knocking ice off eaves.
The company also reminds customers to clear a path and carefully clear snow and ice away from electric and/or gas meters in the event a first responder would need emergency access to shutoff points.
Customers may want to inspect their furnace’s exhaust venting to ensure that it is clear of ice build-up or is not covered by snow. An external vent that is blocked can prevent the natural flow of deadly carbon monoxide out of your home.
If you are a NorthWestern customer and you experience a power outage or see a downed power line, please call us immediately at (800) 245-6977. For the complete article see the 04-13-2013 issue.
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