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      Planned power outages in parts of Delta and Alger counties

      Planned power outages Tuesday in parts of Delta County left some 1,500 homes and businesses without power. The outage began at 8 a.m. and ended by 4 p.m.

      The Alger Delta Electric Association says it replaced its Stonington substation, promising to increase its power capacity in the area, due to more demand of new and larger homes being built. Jim Dahn, Operations Manager of Alger Delta Electric, said, "We're updating our Stonington and Hiawatha substations. The work that is being done is another piece of the cooperative's long range plan in our continuing effort to provide the highest quality service to our membership." Areas affected were Stonington, Ensign, Dutch Mill and Perkins.

      Another power outage is planned for 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 27. That outage will be due to the replacement of the Hiawatha substation which powers homes and businesses throughout the Hiawatha National Forest and outlying areas of Munising. That outage will temporarily affect approximately 1,700 residential and commercial properties.

      The Alger Delta Electric Association says the updated substations will increase capacity by more than double its current capacity. Jim Dahn also says the upgrades mean less brownouts and interruptions in service during storms.

      Alger Delta Electric says there is no need to contact their office during the planned power outages.