It’s been a tough start to summer for some Regina SaskPower customers.
In the past week, four power outages struck in neighbourhoods in the city’s northwest, starting with a massive one on July 13th.
But according to spokesperson Jonathan Tremblay, that one can attributed to weather.
“Last Friday, had a major storm front, alot wind come in,” he said. “So that did knock out power to the northwest.”
But since that time through to the end of last week, three more outages struck the area, each one a different cause than the last.
“Tuesday, for example, we had a major outage in that area caused by some aging equipment that failed,” he said. “So that took us some time to find and replace. And then, two more relatively small ones in the past few days caused by wildlife.”
Generally, outages are caused by one third weather, one third wildlife and one third aging infrastructure related causes.
Tremblay said negative reactions from customers affected by the outages are deserved and SaskPower’s working to address those issues.
“We’re spending about a billion dollars a year on upgrading and growing that infrastructure,” he said. “We’re also trying to attack the wildlife issue by adding wildlife protection around our equipment.”