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On Monday September 11, 2017 at approximately 2:40 PM a power outage occurred to a substation that is outside of the city limits of Delano and it affected the power for the entire City of Delano and the power for Watertown. Xcel was able to switch their power feed to another substation at approximately 3:45 pm and power was restored to the entire City of Delano.

During the power outage, the Delano power plant started the process of generating electricity. Two of the generators had completed the start up process and were running when power was restored.






Main Utility Office and Generation Facilities

The photograph above shows the Main Utility office and Power Plant. The Utility Office is the central location for all operations. The Power Plant houses 5 of the 8 Utility Generators with the remaining 3 generation units and high voltage switch gear located behind the facility.

The Delano Municipal Utilities Power Plant is capable of generating a total of 24.35 MW. The picture above is a view of 4 of the 8 Power Plant Generators. Here you can see diesel engine Generators Number 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Above is a view of the Main Facility Power plant control panels. These control panels allow circuit operations and readings of important power distribution data throughout Delano.

Above is a view of Generator 9. This generating unit is jet turbine driven ( Photo Below). The jet turbine drives a mechanical reduction gear set and is connected to the main synchronous generator above. This unit is capable of generating 12.5 MW of power.

Above is a view Generator 9 Jet Turbine engine.

Located at the rear of the DMU facility are high voltage switch gear control panels. Above shows a lineup including the main SCADA interface computer that sends data to the main power plant.

Above picture shows high voltage electrical protection relays, circuit breaker controls and analog data meters.