Since daylight saving time on Saturday night, street lights in a number of Frisian municipalities have not been working properly.
Translation by Traci White
Omrop Fryslan reports that grid operator Alliander is currently turning the lights in the impacted areas on and off manually. The lighting issue has been attributed to an error in the computer system.
Alliander can control the lighting remotely, but it is still a big job: there are nearly 300 switch boxes in the impacted municipalities. In the Fryske Marren alone, there are 102 boxes. According to Omrop Fryslan, the municipalities with neighbourhoods whose lights are being controlled remotely are Achtkarspelen, Dantumadiel, Heereveen, Leeuwarden, Noardeast-Fryslan, Opsterland, Tytsjerkeradiel, Waadhoeke and Fryske Marren.
Last year, Alliander started using a new switch system, and switching from winter to summer time appears to have caused something to go wrong in the company’s computers. The company is still working to identify the exact source of the issues.
Sections of North Holland, Gelderland, Flevoland and South Holland have also been dealing with lighting issues since this weekend.
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