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Almost 10,000 customers lost power for several hours in Laramie on Friday night, and the cause is still unknown.

A lost transmission from Rocky Mountain Power’s primary utility, the Western Area Power Administration, or WAPA, caused about 9,710 customers to lose power starting around 6 p.m. in various areas, including downtown.

“So the problem was on that side,” Spencer Hall, Rocky Mountain Power spokesman, said. “When they went down, we went down because we feed primarily from them.”

Power was restored around midnight, Hall said. A cause was never determined.

“As far as why it went out, that’s something (WAPA) will have to speak to,” Hall said. “But we had crews and teams out there working to restore until it came back on.”

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Brett Glass

"Cause unknown?" Nope. We know the cause. Rocky Mountain Power, which is owned by infamous cheapskate Warren Buffett, has infrastructure of tissue paper. Its link to regional power distributor WAPA failed, and it had no backup! Not only were its customers in the northwestern half of Laramie without power; so were customers of Carbon Power and High West Energy whose power came THROUGH Rocky Mountain Power's substation. Nearly 10,000 homes and businesses. The Wyoming Public Service Commission should penalize them appropriately.

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