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Evergy: More outages possible with extreme heat, rising demand

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Posted at 4:52 PM, Jun 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-14 21:51:49-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A spokesperson for Evergy says more outages could be on the way as extreme temperatures continue.

On Monday, 11,000 customers lost power in the Waldo and Brookside neighborhoods.

Gina Penzig, Manager of External Communications for Evergy, said the outage was due to a malfunctioned transformer.

"We have predictive maintenance programs that help us to identify equipment that may be prepared that may be in danger of failure," Penzig

Penzig was not sure how old the equipment is or when the last time this particular transformer was inspected.

Penzig said even new equipment can fail in extreme heat.

"We are experiencing high heat conditions and high demands which does cause additional stress on equipment," she said.

Penzig said Evergy will continue to monitor its equipment and will quickly fix any issues that arise from the ongoing heat.

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