Homer Electric Association, Inc. (HEA) line crews, dispatchers, HEA staff, and several contract workers continued to work around the clock to battle the wind related outages that hit the service territory on Monday, December 9. These efforts are on the heels of restoration efforts after a wind storm resulted in outages across Kachemak Bay and a relentless snow storm wreaked havoc and created extended outages on the Kenai Peninsula beginning December 1, 2019.
The forecasted winds caused multiple outages beginning around 5:30 am on December 9 affecting a total of approximately 3,912 members (*actual number fluctuated as the weather changed) in the general locations of:
- South Kasilof area – 1,207 members
- Homer area – 154 members on East End Rd.
- K-Beach area – 172 members on Even Lane
- Soldotna areas of Airport Circle, Knight Dr., Mackey Lake, Moser St., Sports Lake Rd., Whisper Lake Rd. (1,433 members)
- Sterling areas of Panoramic St., Robinson Loop, Scout Lake Rd. (459 members)
There were numerous reports of downed power lines and downed trees caused by the wind which added in the difficulty and delay to restore power to these areas. However, the crews continued to make good progress throughout the day. By 9:20 pm on Monday, the winds appeared to have died down and fewer outage reports were being called into HEA’s operations/dispatch center.
At approximately 2:00 am on December 10, 2019, all members affected by this outage had their power restored. But please keep in mind, as the snow melts off the power lines, and trees are weakened by the high winds, more outages may be caused so HEA will still be on hand for restoration efforts.
“HEA would like to thank its members for their patience and support during these back-to-back snow and wind storms over the past couple weeks. Furthermore, HEA thanks its dedicated line crews, employees inside and outside of the offices, as well as the several contract crews that have assisted in the restoration efforts,” Bruce Shelley, director of member relations, said.
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.