Ameren staying busy with thousands without power in St. Louis area

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by Lindsay Bramson / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on July 2, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 3 at 5:38 AM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – With thousands of people losing power throughout the St. Louis area over the weekend, Ameren has its handful trying to fix the issue.

“The system has more stress as the days go on and so you will sometimes have equipment failures and we work to get power restored as quickly as possible,” said Dave Wakement, vice president of Ameren Missouri.

Some residents are losing power for several hours. Nearly 5,000 people on Sunday were without electricity in the Central West End, the highest number Ameren Missouri has seen so far.

So can the company handle the heat?

“Absolutely we’re able to handle it.  We’ve been handling it for days now, looking into the forecast and when there are problems we respond and I think our system is performing very well,” said Wakeman.

Wakeman says hot air heats up the loads, which puts more stress on the equipment. But he ensures the system is responding well and there is not a pattern, just random outages.

“And what we’re able to do is identify the equipment, put a plan in place to either switch and restore power that way quickly or to do the best we can to repair the equipment,” he said.

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