Transformer issue cause of widespread power outage

Dave Stewart
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Maritime Electric workers restore power in this file photo

Maritime Electric crews were kept quite busy on Monday dealing with a series of power bumps and one big outage.

There were approximately four bumps in the morning in the Charlottetown area but no actual outages.

The situation was much different during the afternoon as most of the capital city, Stratford and communities in the eastern portion of the province went dark.

A total of 28,000 customers were without power for about an hour from 2:05 to 3:30 p.m.

Kris Jackson, spokesman for Maritime Electric, said crews were patrolling the lines during the morning. The theory was that a tree branch had come in contact with power lines, causing the power bumps.

Jackson said the outage was the result of problems installing a transformer at the Charlottetown plant.

The outage, of course, affected traffic lights in Charlottetown. The RCMP tweeted, asking motorists to use caution at all intersections.

The power outage also resulted in one woman being trapped in an elevator in Charlottetown for about an hour.

During the morning power bumps, Maritime Electric fired up its on-Island generation plant.


Organizations: Maritime Electric

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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Recent comments

  • Time for an update
    August 05, 2014 - 03:43

    This is why they should have power lines and such UNDER ground. Think it's time for the over priced, cheaply equipped company to upgrade, or pay peoples power bills every second month... and pay for any household items destroyed by their negligence.

  • check link
    August 04, 2014 - 13:57

    It would be nice if the link for outages worked. Please update and correct.