CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Public Power customers on the West Side of the city are currently without power, according to a statement from the public utility.
A main power line that feeds CPP’s entire West Side customer base went down, causing a large-scale power outage.
CPP did not say what caused the line to go down, and gave note estimate as to how long customers can expect to remain without power.
The company released a Facebook statement that it is working with FirstEnergy to help “get power restored as quickly as possible.”
CPP said in the statement that FirstEnergy Electric Illuminating Co. feeds power to their lines.
FirstEnergy said in a Tweet later in the night that CPP “couldn’t restore their customers quickly because their own alternate line has been out of service of a year+. We are happy to help restore power once the outage cause is identified.”
CPP & CEI are assessing an outage to CPP customers on Cleveland’s west side. CPP couldn’t restore their customers quickly because their own alternate line has been out of service for a year+. We are happy to help restore power once the outage cause is identified.
— Illuminating Company (@illuminatingco) August 12, 2018
CEI and CPP are embroiled in a lawsuit over CPP’s construction of power lines needed to tap power from a large solar field under construction in Brooklyn. CEI accused CPP of creating hazards that could endanger the health and lives of its workers and people living in the area.
CPP said about 8:20 p.m. that some of the customers had their power back. A CEI line from Clinton to Ridge Road is now working. CPP said they are now trying to restore power to customers who get their electricity from the Ridge Road substation.