Substation Attacks Leave 15K Washington Homes Without Power On Christmas

CENTRAL UKRAINE - NOVEMBER 10:  Cables hang down above an autotransformer which stands completely destroyed after the Ukrenergo high voltage power substation was hit by a missile strike on October 17th, as Russia launched air attacks across Ukraine, on November 10, 2022 in central Ukraine. Electricity and heating outages across Ukraine caused by missile and drone strikes to energy infrastructure have added urgency to preparations for winter. (Photo by Ed Ram/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • BPA spokesman Douglas Johnson said there was a “deliberate physical attack” at a substation in Clackamas, Oregon, over the Thanksgiving holiday as someone ut a fence and damaged equipment in an attack.
  • “BPA is actively cooperating with the FBI on this incident and has encouraged other utilities throughout the region to increase their vigilance and report any suspicious or similar activity to law enforcement,” Johnson added.
  • It is uncertain whether the past attacks are related to the latest incidents on Christmas Day.

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