Electricity off for short time

Electrical work this Sunday which required the entire city of Wapakoneta to be without power took far less than the time allotted for the work.

American Electric Power (AEP) requested the city shut down its substations and go “off line” so they could replace capacitors and switches at the Hamilton Street Substation, which is the central point for power coming into the city.

Wapakoneta Safety-Service Director Bill Rains said they set aside two hours for the outage in case other work needed to be done. The power was out for 25 minutes.

Electric Superintendent Don Schnarre said he shut down the substations at 2 a.m. Sunday and work began immediately. They started to switch power back on at 2:29 a.m.

“It went very well,” Schnarre said this morning. “We started getting everybody turned back on at 2:29 a.m. Everything that needed to be done was done, everything went smoothly.

“It really was just a matter of us shedding our load so it didn’t create a problem for them by having to carry too much of a load,” the electric superintendent said. “They did their work quickly and we started bringing on our substations online in an orderly fashion as soon as we could.”

Schnarre said he was glad AEP workers did not find any additional problems and the work could be done quickly.

The city last experienced a complete city shutdown when they had to transfer power to the new Hamilton Street Substation in October 2010.