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TVA asks industries for power cutback

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority asked major industrial customers to voluntarily reduce electric consumption Wednesday after a substation fire forced the agency to take one boiler off line at a large coal-fired power plant in Kentucky.

The partial outage at the Paradise Fossil Plant came as an extended heat wave was expected to push temperatures to near 100 degrees through Friday in TVA’s seven-state territory.

“Extreme heat across the Tennessee Valley and heavy power loads on TVA transmission lines contributed to the device failure,” TVA spokesman John Moulton said.

An instrument transformer that measures the flow of power on transmission lines caught fire around 11 a.m. at a substation near Clarksville.

The blaze was extinguished without injuries, but knocked out a high-voltage transmission line to the Paradise plant near Drakesboro, Ky. TVA had to shut down one of three 1,000-megawatt units at Paradise until the substation can be fixed.

“We are going to make necessary repairs and the unit will be returned to service as soon as possible,” Moulton said.

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