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A problem with a NorthWestern Energy transmission line southeast of Billings led to brief, scattered power outages Tuesday for a handful of Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative customers.

The line, which is about 15 miles southeast of Billings, feeds power to one of the cooperative's substations so when it went out shortly after 1 p.m., about 25 customers lost power for about an hour, said Terry Holzer, the cooperative's general manager. The substation also feeds power to some radio repeater stations and television towers in the area.

NorthWestern crews thought the problem was fixed, but another short outage happened at about 5 p.m.

Claudia Rapkoch, NorthWestern spokeswoman, said crews looked for the problem on the line but couldn't find anything and were hindered by low visibility because of snowy weather.

No NorthWestern customers were affected by the outage and crews plan to continue looking for the problem on Wednesday, Rapkoch said.

 

 

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