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GEUS plans power outage this afternoon

One area of far south Greenville will have to make do without electricity for a while today.

The local electric utility system has announced a planned power outage for this afternoon.

The outage has been scheduled for GEUS customers living on Old Mill Road, south of Bethel Road.

The utility indicated the outage is expected to begin at around 1 p.m. and will last approximately two hours.

The announcement said the project was designed to enable GEUS to continue to ensure excellent reliability to the designated area.

Motorists were also being asked to drive with caution in the area as crews will be working alongside the road.

Last summer, an open house was conducted concerning the proposed Dent Road Substation to Wieland Switching Station transmission line, which is being planned by GEUS and the Rayburn Country Electric Cooperative of Rockwall.

According to information presented at the meeting, the project would involve the installation of a 138-kV (kilovolt) transmission line between the GEUS substation on Dent Road to the substation owned by Rayburn in the Wieland Community, just south of Greenville, due to reported issues concerning some of power lines owned by GEUS.

ERCOT, which manages much of the state’s power grid, has conducted an independent review and determined that GEUS is vulnerable to islanding and voltage on the utility’s 69-kV system under certain contingency conditions.

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