Brookston power grid overloaded during hot summer days

People blasting their air in Brookston is causing problems with the town power grid.

Posted: Aug 8, 2019 9:30 AM

BROOKSTON, Ind. (WLFI) — When the mercury rises, most of us crank up the air conditioning. However, in Brookston, people blasting their air is causing problems with the town power grid.

"What we've found is that Brookston has gotten to the point where the line coming from the substation around Chalmers is too small for the big draws," said Joe Butz, president of the town council.

Hot days are frequent in the summer, which means there could be more power outages in the future. In the meantime, they're reconfiguring the grid to make it more efficient. However, it may not be 100-percent effective though

"It's like anything, you can't guarantee it won't happen," said Butz. "If we get a 100-degree day it's possible."

If Brookston doesn't add more power lines, they could have more power outages on hot days.

"We are actually going to rebuild the infrastructure through the center-part of town so we can essentially not have that problem moving forward," said consultant Terry Laorange. "But at the moment, we have to deal with what's there and fix it the best we can."

The town is doing what they can until the construction on upgrades begin. When they do, the town says it could come with a rate increase.

"We are very much aware of whats going on," said Butz. "We are talking about a million-dollar project, which I am very sensitive to our rates. Brookston has probably one of the lowest electric rates in the area."

The town is in the process of bidding out the project. Bids are expected to start coming in next month.

The town hopes to start construction on adding new power lines by next spring.

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