Several power outages in city, county

Several power outages in city, county 

30 July 2007

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Peterborough, Ontario, Canada — Several small power outages affected parts of the city and county Monday, Hydro One officials said, just as humid weather moved into the area boosting air conditioner use.

The first outage, caused by a grass fire near a transformer station in Quinte West, was to blame for a small power outage, Hydro One spokesman Al Manchee said.

Around 1,500 Hydro One customers and 675 Peterborough Utilities customers were without power for about an hour.

The fire caused a high voltage transmission circuit to trip around 12:50 p.
m., Manchee said.

Crews were on scene and extinguished the fire, he said, but the tripped circuit cut the supply of some power to the Dobbin distribution station closer to Peterborough leaving some Hydro One customers in the area without power.

PUS vice-president Jeff Guilbeault said the Hydro One transmission problem caused a loss of supply in the city as well.

Two supply points in the city’s north end fed by the distribution station lost power, Guilbeault said.

“We re-fed from inside the city,” he said.

The power outage stretched north of the city into the Bridgenorth area as well.

All power was restored by 1:38 p.m., Manchee said.

Around 3:47 p.m. a second power outage was caused by a failed surge arrester at the Dobbin distribution station, Hydro One spokeswoman Enza Cancilla said.

That outage affected around 1,500 Hydro One customers in the county and city residents supplied by the PUS, Cancilla said.

Hydro One officials couldn’t say Monday night if the two outages were connected.

Power was restored just before 6 p.m., she said.

At about 11:17 p.m. Monday, power went out for 1,558 customers in Millbrook and Smith, Hamilton and Haldimand townships, Hydro One said, and it was expected to be restored by 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. Power also went out in parts of the city’s west end at that time.

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