UPDATE – SaskPower says electricity was restored to the southeast and east central portions of the province around 10:00 p.m. Tuesday night.
9:51 PM: SaskPower has restored power to the SE part of the province as our transmission lines are back in service. If you are still without power, please contact Outage Centre 310-2220. Thank you for your patience. #skoutage
— SaskPower (@SaskPower) December 5, 2018
Around 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, most of Regina, Moose Jaw, Weyburn and Estevan, along with thousands of rural customers lost electricity, when generators at Boundary Dam, Shand and Poplar River all tripped due to heavy frost build up on lines, which caused major damage to multiple transmissions.
SaskPower Spokesperson Jordan Jackle, said the generators tripping is normal when a major disturbance is detected.
“So in terms of the power stations they tripped off as they do in cases like this when they sense really severe grid instabilities,” Jackle said Wednesday morning. “Essentially they’re still creating power but have nowhere to send it, so rather than allow that to happen they do shut off, so they are linked but the cause of the outage is that frost build up,” Jackle continued.
The lights did not begin to come on for many until Tuesday evening.
Jackle says there may still be a small amount of rural customers without power Wednesday morning, they are asked to report that to SaskPower by calling 310-2220.
Jackle spoke with 620 CKRM Wednesday morning providing an update and more information, listen here.