Saskpower is providing us with an update on the power outage that hit Tuesday affecting a good chunk of the province.
Saskpower’s Jordan Jackle says many were affected. “At the height of this outage, somewhere between 175,000-200,000 customers were impacted. That would probably be one of the biggest outages, if not the biggest outage since 1981.”
Jackle says the big culprit of the outage is the frost build up on the lines. He says there is about 4-5 inches of frost weighing down the power lines, making some instability on the grid. Jackle says this is what caused power stations at Boundary Dam, Shand and Poplar River to trip off. “That actually happens when a power station senses that instability on the system, it trips off. Essentially it would have been producing power and the power wouldn’t be able to go anywhere so it just essentially shuts off.”
Saskpower says it is still working to repair some of the damage that was caused over the past few days. Jackle adds that, “we are still asking everyone to avoid going near any sagging or downed power lines. If you do see that, call our outage centre.”
He says the company is hoping some sun this weekend will help melt off some of the frost build up so isolated outages can slow down and repairs can continue.
Meanwhile, Premier Scott Moe delivered a special thank you to both SaskPower, Saskenergy and SaskTel employees for their work over the past couple of days under challenging times.
Everyone’s actions showcased best of SK & that effort deserves recognitionhttps://t.co/jk3dy9lWbA
— Scott Moe (@PremierScottMoe) December 5, 2018