Electric Fault Knocks UAF Power Plant Off-Line

University of Alaska Fairbanks officials say the university's power plant was shut down by an electric fault, briefly leaving the campus without heat, electricity and phone service.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- University of Alaska Fairbanks officials say the university's power plant was shut down by an electric fault, briefly leaving the campus without heat, electricity and phone service.

 

The coal-fired plant was knocked off-line Tuesday by work being done at a nearby switch house.

 

The electric fault also shut down the boilers at the power plant and disconnected UAF from the larger electric grid at about 9 a.m. Tuesday.

 

The campus was reconnected to the Golden Valley Electric Association grid at about 9:30 a.m., and electricity appeared to be fully restored within 30 minutes.

 

UAF spokeswoman Marmian Grimes says UAF power plant crews expected the campus power plant to be fully operational again sometime Tuesday.