Heavy Snow Load Results in Multiple Outages

Posted: December 3, 2019 at 12:43 am

December 3, 2019 – Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) is experiencing numerous power outages across the upper Kenai Peninsula, from Kasilof to Sterling. The outages began on Sunday evening December 1, 2019 when heavy, wet snow blanketed HEA’s northern service area.

Most of these outages are caused when heavy snow load weighs down the power lines and trees load up with snow and make contact with the power lines This is exactly the reason why HEA makes efforts to be proactive to clear the electrical easements as part of its maintenance program.

As of this morning, December 3, there have been approximately 3,100 members without power and over 100 cases being worked by HEA’s Operations Dispatch Center and our line crews. Some areas have been impacted for over 24 hours so far. HEA crews and staff are working around the clock to restore power to all members. Furthermore, HEA has brought in additional contract crews, as well as the entire HEA Homer line crew, to help our Kenai line crews battle this outage.

If you have been without power for a substantial time, please take it upon yourself to seek safety and comfort for your family. Whether that means purchasing a generator or staying at a family or friend’s residence, please prepare your family with the basic needs and keep emergency supplies during winter storms.

The forecast calls for decreased snowfall. However, there is still a high probability of outages being caused by snow shedding off the power lines and trees. HEA crews continue to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. Your patience and understanding are appreciated in this huge effort.

Visit and “Like” HEA’s Facebook page for real time outage notifications. The HEA Facebook page is the fastest way to get outage updates. Please DO NOT report your outage on Facebook – use the Outage Hotline by calling 1-888-8OUTAGE (1-888-868-8243) as this phone number is directly monitored by HEA’s Operations Department. If you have general questions, contact HEA’s Member Services Department at 1-800-478-8551.