PAROWAN, Utah — Residents of Brian Head, Paragonah, Parowan City and Parowan Valley are experiencing power outages due to a station failure.
In a press release from Parowan City, officials stated that Rocky Mountain Power’s Parowan Valley sub-station had a “catastrophic failure” that has affected these areas since early Saturday morning. There are 1,951 customers affected by power outages in the area, according to RMP’s website.
RMP expects to have a temporary solution to restore power to Parowan City at 8 p.m. Sunday. The city and power companies are working on a plan for rolling power and rolling blackouts for the area.
The rolling blackout means sections of the city will have power turned on for four hours at a time.
The city warns residents to conserve energy during these rotating power schedules — keep refrigerators and freezers running, but do not use air conditioners or any other appliances that use a lot of electricity.
The power outages will also affect water supply; the city asks that residents not use culinary water for watering lawns until the situation is resolved.
The city also advises anyone with an in-home electric oxygen machine or other electrical medical equipment to contact their equipment service providers first. But if anything is lacking, Intermountain Home Health and Lincare are willing to provide 24/7 equipment delivery.
In case of emergency, call 911. For non-emergencies, Parowan Police Dispatch can be reached at 435-586-9445, and the city at 435-477-3331.
Residents can receive updates by signing up for the Iron County Citizen Alert System.
Rocky Mountain Power discusses future energy production, Sierra Club calls for coal plant retirements
SALT LAKE CITY — Rocky Mountain Power held a meeting Thursday to discuss how it will generate power in the future.
A group of people from the Sierra Club showed up to the meeting to voice their concerns over Rocky Mountain Power’s use of coal plants.
This Thursday and Friday, Rocky Mountain Power is meeting with its commission to present a preliminary integrated resource plan to talk about the types of power generation they will use in the future, including coal, solar and wind power.
“We’re really trying to accommodate everybody, we’re all a part of the same community, we all have the same goals, we breathe the same air, we live on the same streets, we want to be safe we want our kids to be able to have the future they want with clean power,” said Rocky Mountain Power spokesperson Spence Hall.
The group of people at the meeting Thursday is calling for Rocky Mountain Power to retire its coal plants, saying the company is wasting money and they don’t have a plan for the future of energy.
“Our goal here today is to really ask Rocky Mountain Power to do right by its customers, to retire these expensive coal plants, to stop delaying, to make a plan and plan ahead,” said Christopher Thomas, Senior Campaign Representative for the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign.
Hall says they are moving away from coal plants and Rocky Mountain Power has recently invested more than three billion dollars into wind technology. Today’s meeting is part of the process.
“There have been economic studies that show it’s in the best economic interest of our customers to start moving away from coal and moving towards a renewable profile and that’s what we’re doing,” said Hall.
The Sierra Club said at an April meeting, Rocky Mountain Power updated its economic analysis for its coal fleet showing customers could save millions of dollars through early coal plant retirements, retiring nine units would save $12 million. But the Sierra Club said in May the company backtracked on their findings from the previous month.
“Well I think we’ve actually seen that our plants are winning awards for the efficiency and the way they’re doing things,” said Hall.
“The longer we wait, hundreds of millions of dollars are wasted on these expensive coal plants that we could be using to both lower customer bills ultimately and also like I said maybe investing some of that money into these coal-dependent communities,” said Thomas.
Hall says Rocky Mountain Power has plans in the works to move towards using even more renewable energies in the future but it takes times to make the transition.
The final integrated resource plan is due in August.
DRAPER, Utah — A car crashed into a power pole early Saturday morning and left as many as 2,000 people without power in Draper according to Rocky Mountain Power.
The accident happened near 300 East and 12300 South around 3:30 a.m. this morning and knocked out power to nearly 2,200 people.
Rocky Mountain Power said the number of people without power is down to just over 500 people and power should be completely restored shortly.
More information about the outage can be found here.
LAYTON, Utah — Thousands of Rocky Mountain Power customers in Layton are without electricity Wednesday afternoon.
The company reports the outage is affecting 5,336 customers and its cause is under investigation.
Power is expected to be restored by 3:30 p.m.
Watch FOX 13 for updates.
MILLCREEK, Utah – Lightning strikes have downed multiple power lines and multiple TRAX lines are affected by the outage according to UTA.
UTA spokesman Carl Arky said 10 UTA-specific power poles were affected by severe weather in the area while Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Spencer Hall said a lightning strike caused the outage at 3300 South and Main Street.
A bus bridge between Murray Central and Central Pointe stations is still active and there is no estimate as to when trains will be back up and running.
Hall added there is no estimated time for when power will be restored to their lines as well.
This is a developing story. It will be updated as new information becomes available.