Transformer issue cause of widespread power outage

Dave Stewart dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on August 4, 2014

Maritime Electric workers restore power near Pondside Park in Stratford Saturday afternoon.

©Guardian photo by Mitch MacDonald

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.