Albany Police Department
June 2, 2016
Recent Power Issues in the Village of Albany, IL
A little background: The Village of Albany, IL buys electricity wholesale from Alliant Energy. The power is transmitted through a transmission grid until it reaches the Albany Substation which is operated by ITC. Electricity is then transformed to a lower voltage at the substation then sent through a distribution line, owned and operated by Jo Carroll Energy which runs along Palmer Rd., to Albany. The Village claims responsibility of the distribution grid in town to the pole in front of Bunge Corp., which has the town metering structure on it. Any issues that causes faults on either side of that pole depends on whether or not the Village is responsible for correcting them or the previous agencies on the line and substation side.
The 3 outages we have experienced over the last week are all purely coincidental. The first outage was caused by a tree branch that fell, due to a storm; across the three phases that feed the town of Albany. The area affected was on the Village of Albany side of the metering pole. We removed the branch, cleared away the lines and restored power. Later that night, the town experienced another outage. My first thought it had to do with another branch, but that wasn’t the case. Come to find out, a lightning arrestor was blown due to what I think was a power surge. It is still unknown as to what caused the arrestor to blow. The outage we experienced last night, again, was frustrating to everyone. When I was notified of the outage, I immediately checked the feeder lines coming into town. Right away I knew that the Jo Carroll or ITC side of the line was affected, due to Bunge being out as well this time. I called my contact at Jo Carroll and they dispatched a tech ASAP to diagnose the problem. We found that a raccoon laid across a phase at a capacitor bank upstream of Bunge which the substation tripped out to prevent any further issues until corrected.
I hope this clears up some of the confusion and answers some the questions that the residents of town may have. During an outage, I experience roughly 30 calls per issue; depending on the severity and time of the event. I am working to restore power as fast I can, and cannot answer every call that I get. The best and most efficient way to inform me of an outage is to call first, if I do not answer please send me a text message if you are capable. I carry a work phone: 815-631-2179, during business hours; and a personal phone: 309-428-5066, during my off hours. I have read complaints on Facebook and received calls about other individuals being bothered during outages the Village is experiencing. Other employees or individuals affiliated with the town will not have information on outages; only Albany Public Works, Albany Fire Dept., or Albany Police Dept. will have information due to the issues; please be respectful to other individuals. Thank you!!
Village of Albany Public Works