- Associated Press - Sunday, August 10, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Public Service Commission says an investigation into power outages in Fargo on three straight days show that the events were unrelated.

The PSC met last week with officials of Xcel Energy to review outages that happened on June 21, 22 and 23. Two of the incidents appeared to be related to construction projects and the other was caused by a failed splice on an overhead feeder line.

Commissioner Julie Fedorchak says she’s pleased the results don’t show a trend, but plans to “closely monitor” the investments that the company is making in North Dakota’s largest city to ensure reliability.

Xcel officials say they plan to hire a Fargo-based electrical engineer, reconfigure the Cass County substation, provide upgrades to other Fargo substations and replace aging underground feeder cables.

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