Wildlife causes West Prince power outage

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ALBERTON – Some 1,300 Maritime Electric customers in the Alberton area spent most of Monday night in the dark.

Kim Griffin, the utility’s communications officer said the 10:57 p.m. outage was caused by wildlife coming in contact with the power lines. That caused two fuses to blow at the Alberton substation. Crews had to replace the fuses and then spent most of the night trouble-shooting

“If you have an accident or wildlife or trees, the system trips and sometimes resets itself, but if there’s something in the line it will shut it down,” Griffin explained.

She said crews did experience subsequent problems with the fuses and at 5 a.m. Tuesday shut down parts of the Wellington, O’Leary and Alberton substations so that final repairs could be completed. That resulted in about 7,000 customers being without power for about 45 minutes.

Customers in the Alberton area, however, were in the dark most of the night or noticed their power flicking on and off.

“The system kept tripping,” Griffin noted.


(TC Media)


Organizations: Maritime Electric, TC Media

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  • james
    November 08, 2012 - 17:26

    I have lived in various parts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and have never experienced as many problems with delivery of electricity as I have since moving to my property in O'Leary several years ago. The entire electrical grid of PEI is suspect and I blame the private company Maritime Electric and its corporate overlords at FORTIS 100%. It is high time that the PEI Government nationalize this critical infrastructure and merge it with the electrical systems of NB and NS into 1 single publicly owned power utility for the Maritimes.