VERONA, Wisconsin – Epic Systems is re-powered after a widespread outage on Friday night on the west side of Madison.
Epic told News 3 Now early Saturday morning, the outage was caused by a raccoon at the McKee and Pleasant View power plant.
At 12:15 a.m. on Saturday morning, many of Alliant Energy’s 10,000 customers without electricity had returned electricity, but Epic did not.
“We have an automatic notification system in Epic that notifies us when we have a problem and we all respond to it, ”said facility director Bruce Richards. “Our site was plugged into generators for a total of two minutes. We called Alliant to find out what was going on, and at that point, they still didn’t know what had happened, so they’re still investigating. “
Richards said it was the first time in his 10 years at the company that a complete shutdown had taken place. Epic Campus works with 18 generators that have about 50 hours of life – depending on the energy needs of the campus at that time.
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“I think it’s the first time we’ve been without power, as long as we’re right now, “said Brad Gould, who also works in Epic’s facilities department. “We’ve had small downturns here and there, and we’ve got some nice emergency things to take care of – take care of campus when that happens.”
“We have all our clients who are hospitals and medical clinics who need our data and our support to stay online, ”Richards said. “It’s important to stay powered.”
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