By Theresa Woelk

Staff writer

HERMISTON — It was a historic moment that most community members slept through.

Hermiston Energy Services (HES) began using its own power system Friday. The transition between midnight Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday morning caused a brief power outage.

HES began preparing for the power cutover months ago when workers installed the new hardware necessary for the transition. They installed new power polls and wires through out the community.

“We’ve been preparing for this cutover for quite a while,” said Rick Dunn, UEC Electrical System Services Manager.

“We upgraded and built new feeders so we’d be ready when we got the green light to bring Hermiston Energy Services on.”

An agreement was reached with PacifiCorp prior to Oct. 1 that initially allowed ... (For the full story please see the January 1, 2002 issue of the Hermiston Herald.)

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