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OUTAGE SERVICE RESTORATION PRIORITIES
Our electric distribution system is constructed with
protective devices such as fuses and circuit breakers. These
confine the outage to specific areas, limiting the number of
consumers affected by the power interruption. For example,
if a tree falls on a tap line only that line would be
without service. Other consumers serviced from the main
distribution line would still have service, although their lights
may blink momentarily.
1. Transmission lines — These are high-voltage lines that move bulk electricity from
a generating plant to a substation or between substations.
2. Substations — Substations are electrical facilities that contain equipment
for switching or regulating the voltage of electricity.
3. Main distribution lines — These are the 7,200-volt lines that you see along the
4. Tap lines —
Tap lines are electric feeder lines with limited capacity
that run from a main distribution line to a few consumers.
5. Individual service — This is a line that runs from the transformer to your meter.