Sailboat Causes Widespread Power Outage

Posted: April 10, 2019 at 7:00 am
Yesterday at 5:04PM, a sailboat broke loose from its moorings and came in contact with our radial 138,000-volt transmission line at MM 73.8 causing a widespread outage. The outage impacted consumers from Islamorada down to Key West. FKEC immediately worked to switch power loads around to restore as many members as possible while working with FWC, MCSD, and the Coast Guard to remove the vessel.

The line was restored at 6:41PM bringing power back to all FKEC and Keys Energy Service consumers. The sailboat was unmanned and fortunately, no one was injured.

While power was able to be restored, FKEC will inspect the line and make any additional repairs necessary to ensure reliability.

About FKEC

Florida Keys Electric Cooperative is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric utility serving approximately 33,000 accounts from the County line to the Seven Mile Bridge. In our service territory, we currently operate six substations, two office facilities, and maintain over 800-miles of power lines. As a distribution cooperative, FKEC also maintains a 138,000-volt transmission line, which brings power from the mainland to the Florida Keys.