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Telluride power outage Feb 13/14 2016 – Meander.me

I don’t always take my DieHard battery charger to bed with me, but when I do it is to power my phone through 14 hour and counting power outage.

Updates:  (from Twitter , Facebook and else where)

8:42  SMPA: The Telluride outage updated time of expected restoration is 12pm.

8:00  Telluride Ski Resort: Lifts 8 (Oak St) and 10 (Sunshine) will not be running until power is restored. Other lifts will be running on diesel beginning at 9 am.

7:30 am SMPA: Crews are still working to restore power to the Telluride area. Will post a new estimate of completion time as soon as one is available.

Hey we made the Denver Post!  http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29514733/rock-slide-knocks-out-electricity-telluride-area

Telluride’s electric does not come in via a “grid”. A rockslide took out the transmission line. Photo from San Miguel Power Association.



In part because I feel asleep at 9pm on a Saturday night, I was up at 5 am and have been interested about our local “grid” and power in general.

As many of you know Telluride had a big part in AC electricity.  Ophir is right over the hill from Telluride.

“The Ames Hydroelectric Generating Plant, located near Ophir, Colorado, was the world’s first commercial system to produce and transmit alternating current (AC) electricity for industrial use. It is now on the List of IEEE Milestones.[1]”    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ames_Hydroelectric_Generating_Plant

San Miguel Power Association (http://www.smpa.com/) is our local rural electric cooperative that serves our members in portions of Montrose, San Miguel, Dolores, Mesa, San Juan, Hinsdale and Ouray counties in southwestern Colorado.

Image from SMPA.


Power in a mountain communities is hard.  Low population density, rough terrain, inclement weather all play a part of why we have power outages several times a year.




Hope everyone stayed warm through the night and they can get power restored quickly.