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Cable Replacement Communication #6

With the exception of some work involving the fiber optic cable, restoration work on Plum Island is now virtually complete.  The wet spring prevented us from completing this work earlier. While there, we completed installing the new service for the boat house and assisted USF&W in getting the well operational.  We still have some minor restoration work to complete at Northport and some cleanup to do on our own property here on the Island.

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Courtney Cauldwell
Washington Island Submarine Cable Assistance Included in Governor’s Budget

Co-ops hail bipartisan disaster response

MADISON, WIS. (March 1, 2019)— The Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association and its smallest member co-op Friday morning saluted bipartisan cooperation between Republican legislators and Democratic Governor Tony Evers to make state assistance available for costs incurred when winter ice damage cut off Washington Island’s power supply.

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Courtney Cauldwell
Cable Replacement Communication #4

Wisconsin Public Service completed the pole riser work at Northport on Friday, February 8th.  We went on engines at approximately 7:30AM and were on them until the work was complete.  We did final phase testing as well as testing the cable itself all the way from Northport to the Island and then energized the cable up to our substation.  We allowed the new cable sit hot for approximately thirty minutes before closing in the substation transformer

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Courtney Cauldwell
Cable Replacement Communication #3

Several months have gone by again, and with so much happening it only seems like days. While waiting for permitting, we received preliminary approvals from the Department of Natural Resources, the United States Corps of Engineers and the United States Coast Guard to move forward.

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Courtney Cauldwell
Cable Replacement Communication #2

A couple months have passed since our last communication and there has been a whole lot that has taken place during that time.  

First and foremost, we were given permission by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to cross Plum Island.

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Courtney Cauldwell
WECA News Release

Disaster declared in power cable failure
Agencies directed to assist

JULY 13, 2018, Washington Island, WI…..Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker today issued a disaster declaration requested by Washington Island Electric Cooperative, directing state agencies to assist with ongoing repair and mitigation activities arising from damage to an underwater power cable that left the roughly one thousand members of the state’s smallest electric co-op dependent on backup generation for nearly two weeks.

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Courtney Cauldwell
Cable Failure Update #3

We wanted to give you another brief update to let you know where we are with the situation.

Fabick Cat has completed repairs on Engine #8 and both engines have been test ran and are available to carry the Island’s load.

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Courtney Cauldwell
Cable Failure Update #2

A lot has happened since our last communication.  This one will be quite brief due to the fact that there is still a whole lot going on.  It also will not necessarily be sequential information because many of the things listed were happening at the same time or are being listed together because they are related.

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Courtney Cauldwell
What has happened?

As you may or may not have heard by now, on June 15, 2018 at approximately 2:22 AM we lost power from the mainland.  Power was restored to the Island with our diesel engines at 2:48 A.M. and troubleshooting the problem began.

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Courtney Cauldwell