March winter storm cost Maritime Electric $400,000

Ryan Ross
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March 31 storm saw heavy ice build up on power lines, leading to snapped poles, downed lines and thousands of customers without power

RCMP tweeted this photo from Route 2 in Wellington Centre- Richmond on March 31.

A storm in March that left thousands of Islanders without power for days cost Maritime Electric about $400,000 to repair the damage.

But Kim Griffin, a spokeswoman for the utility, said those costs were already factored into contingency plans that were part of the P.E.I. Energy Accord.

“There’s going to be no new rate impact to customers,” she said.

The March 31 storm saw heavy ice build up on power lines around the province leading to snapped poles, downed lines and thousands of customers without power.

Griffin said a lot of crews were on the road but they had trouble getting to areas that needed repairs.

“We certainly found it a challenging storm to get to our customers.”

The ice snapped about 38 power poles and even after the storm was over Maritime Electric was doing repairs, Griffin said.

“It was pretty intense work.”

Despite the damage, the March 31 storm paled in comparison to the ice storm that hit P.E.I. in 2008.

That storm brought down about 300 poles and cost Maritime Electric $2 million in repairs.

Organizations: Maritime Electric

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  • don
    May 03, 2014 - 10:12

    she needs a bigger shovel as it sounds like she is going to be an mla with that much bull. the customers are paying for this bill in our high power rates. not the investors.

  • come on
    May 03, 2014 - 05:01

    ahh will it take from your Christmas bonus this year --which I heard were high

  • don
    May 02, 2014 - 22:44

    kim this statement you made is funny. “There’s going to be no new rate impact to customers,” we pay some of the highest rates in canada so the money you say is set aside is from your customers. not your investors.