PEC improvements could cause outages in Spicewood

SPICEWOOD — A series of planned upgrades to the Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s power grid could result in a series of temporary outages to about 1,400 customers, co-op officials said Thursday.

PEC crews will begin work on power lines in Spicewood and Lakeway March 29, according to PEC Oak Hill District Manager Trey Grebe.

The work should be finished by April 2.

“We are excited about this opportunity to upgrade our system,” Grebe said in a statement. “We really need the understanding and cooperation of our members to make this conversion as smooth as possible.”

Grebe said co-op workers will need access to PEC equipment on residents’ property during the scheduled upgrades, adding workers will scale utility poles and use bucket trucks to reach power transformers.

Members in Spicewood and Lakeway are asked to leave their gates unlocked and keep pets restrained during the week-long project.

The outages are expected to last no longer than three hours, PEC spokeswoman Anne Harvey said.

“Every effort will be made to restore service as quickly as possible,” she said.

If power is not restored within the three-hour window, residents can call the co-op’s offices at (888) 554-4732, ext. 7923.

In the event of bad weather, the work will be delayed by a week, Harvey said.

chris@thepicayune.com

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