Cleveland Public Power: Latest west side outage not related to last month’s

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CLEVELAND-- Cleveland Public Power officials held a news conference on Tuesday to provide an update on the latest west side power outage.

CPP Commissioner Ivan Henderson said the outage started at about 5 a.m. Monday and most service was restored by 11 p.m. About 500 customers were affected.

"If one customer is out of power, that is one too many to us,” Director of Public Utilities Robert Davis said.

CPP said the higher temperatures prompted an increase in electricity usage, leading to the outage. Specially, there was a failure with two cables; One was already fixed and the other is still being repaired.

This was not related to the Aug. 11 outage that knocked out service to more than 30,000, including those in Gordon Square, Ohio City and Tremont, Henderson said. This incident was on a feeder cable level and the last was on a grid level.

Cleveland Public Power is in the process of working on a $6 million project to help with reliability and redundancy on the city's west side. It's expected to be completed by the end of this month.

There is also a $18 million project for Cleveland's south side customers.

Davis said CPP is looking into software that would them identify weaknesses and allow them to be proactive with maintenance. There is no timetable for when that will be put into use.

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