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Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013 1:01 pm | Updated: 5:52 pm, Fri Sep 6, 2013.

FAIRBANKS—Residents throughout Fairbanks reported power outages from downtown Fairbanks south to Van Horn and north to College Road early Friday afternoon.

Golden Valley Electric Association reported that it had lost all 77 megawatts of power from the state intertie transmission system at 12:48 p.m.

An update posted on GVEA’s website said local power generation was started up to restore power and that the utility was able to reconnect the intertie.

The fault in the system was reported to have occurred somewhere between the Tealand and Douglas substations in the Wasilla area. GVEA purchases electricity generated in Southcentral and sent through the intertie.

All power was restored by 1:10 p.m.

GVEA spokeswoman Corrine Bradish said a full report of how many customers were affected and whether or not the grid’s battery system kicked on during the outage were not immediately available. She said engineers will be reviewing information over the weekend.

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