Homer Electric Association, Inc. is installing new fuses along power lines to improve electrical services along East End Road past Kachemak Drive, according to a press release from the company. The work began this week and will continue through mid-August.
The press release states necessary intermittent power outages will occur in the areas the construction is located, but the outages shouldn’t last longer than 20 minutes at a time. The construction will be along East End Road from the Hatfield substation, past Kachemak Drive and including all of Kachemak Drive.
Keriann Baker, Homer Electric Association director of member relations, said the construction is routine work that happens at least every other year.
“We are working on a fuse coordination project,” Baker said. “What we have to do is de-energize the (power) line to go in and take care of routine cut-outs. We’re talking 20 minutes. … Once we know when we’ll be working in a certain area, we will let everyone know ahead of time that they can expect it.”
The cut-out fuse is responsible for protecting distribution transformers from current surges and overloads and must be replaced every year or two.