Clintonville power outage due to arrester failure

The entire city of Clintonville was without power for more than an hour Friday.

City officials said a lightning arrester failed on one of two transformers at the substation in the North Industrial Park on state Highway 156 about 9:45 p.m. The arrester protects the electrical equipment from high voltages surges. When the arrester failed, the American Transmission Company cut the power to the transformers.

The equipment is owned by Badger Power Marketing Authority, which is jointly run by Clintonville Utilities and Shawano Municipal Utilities.

The power was back up and running about 11 p.m. for industry and shortly thereafter to the residents. Temporary stoplights were set up at key intersections during the blackout.

— Grace Kirchner, correspondent