Outage caused by ‘over-voltage’

Outage caused by ?over-voltage?

For about 30 minutes late Monday morning, ?over-voltage? was blamed for an electrical outage in Hillsboro, said Larry Paine, city adminstrator.

?Over voltage is when voltage (in this case coming from Westar Energy, the city?s power supplier) exceeds the limits of the substation breaker,? he said.

?Too much voltage will burn things up and too little will make motors work extra hard.?

Low voltage is also referred to as a ?brown out.?

The power outage occurred shortly before 11 a.m. and was restored by 11:35 a.m.

Another brief outage happened later Monday evening at about 7:15 p.m. with power restored about five minutes later.

The reason for that outage was unavailable at press time.

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