Equipment failure at BREC’s substation

September 4, 2013
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Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative customers served by their Newry substation have been restored with service after yesterday’s equipment failure. Blue Ridge’s Terry Ballenger blames what happened on a failed regulator, but says it’ll likely take sending that regulator back to the factory for a definitive answer. What happened yesterday afternoon at the substation off Carson Road caused an explosion in what is a remote area of the county. “I think some of the oil from the regulator caught on fire, but I don’t think it created any kind of need for the fire department. I think it burned itself out pretty quickly. Having that regulator go out like that did manage to take the old substation down,” Ballenger said.

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