Greenport goes without power Monday morning

04/18/2016 12:25 PM |

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Greenport’s power went down around 9:30 a.m. after a circuit breaker at PSEG Long Island’s Southold station tripped.

The cause of the trip remains under investigation, according to Greenport Mayor George Hubbard Jr. Greenport has its own power plant, but power is purchased through the New York Power Authority, which makes its way into the village through three separate switches the village shares with PSEG-LI.

During a phone call around noon, the mayor said Village Administrator Paul Pallas was on site at a Southold substation with PSEG-LI officials to determine the cause of the breaker trip.

Power was officially restored at 11:48 a.m., according to PSEG spokesperson Elizabeth Flegler. Ms. Flegler said a faulty PSEG cable caused the outage, though more specific information was not immediately available.

Backup generators at the village power plant, which are typically used in case of emergencies, had been turned on. But due to a lack of manpower — only three people work at the plant, and two had been out trying to diagnose the problem — the generators were not switched over to power the village, Mr. Hubbard said.

According to a statement released by the village “every possible, visible cause on the village side was inspected and found to be in working order.”

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