SaskPower Experiencing Major Power Outages

December 04, 2018

Breaking News

UPDATE: 9:30 am - Wednesday

  • We still have cases where some of our lower-voltage lines have gone down overnight, causing some new, but smaller-scale outages for pockets of customers.
  • Now that power has been restored to nearly all of our residents in the province, we are focusing on bringing our remaining industrial customers back onto the system.
  • Weather continues to be an issue until sunshine and warmer weather can melt the frost that has settled on our 157,000 kilometres of line across the province.

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UPDATE: 9 pm

 

  • We’ve restored power to most of our residential customers across the province.
  • We’re currently working to restore power to Carnduff and Oxbow and should know in about an hour if our attempts are successful. If not, these two communities will be without power until the morning.
  • Weather continues to be an issue. Stronger winds may help or hinder our efforts by shaking frost off the lines, or causing the lines to bang together, which can cause more outages.
  • We’re not looking at any rolling outages at this point.

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UPDATE: 6:30 pm

  • Most of the City of Regina has been restored. The majority of the remaining issues are in the southeast part of the province, and we are sending extra crews to help.
  • While our crews are working hard to bring everyone online, customers can help to reduce stress on the system by conserving power while repairs continue. This includes waiting to run washing machines and dishwashers, keeping your thermostat lower if possible, and turning off and unplugging electronics that aren’t being used.
  • The ice and frost situation has not improved, so the system is still in a delicate position right now. High winds are forecast in some areas of the province this evening and overnight, which could complicate efforts to restore power by causing them to “gallop” or bang together.
  • If you have a generator, only use it if it has been installed with a switch. If your generator isn’t installed correctly, it could feed power back into the lines, creating a serious hazard for our crews working to restore power.
  • There has been so much damage to our transmission system that we don’t know yet when power can be restored to all areas. Some areas may be without power overnight. We will have power to generate but the equipment we need to distribute it to houses is heavily damaged in areas.

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UPDATE: 3 pm

  • This morning, power units at Boundary Dam, Shand and Poplar River Power Stations tripped off and we lost generation. We are bringing those units back on line as quickly and safely as possible.
  • We are estimating that the remaining areas in Regina will have power this evening. We are working to restore power to residential areas first, as many businesses and schools have closed, and people have gone home for the day. Both Regina General and Pasqua hospitals have power, as do the Regina Water Treatment Plant and the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant.
  • High winds are forecast in some areas of the province this evening and overnight, which could complicate efforts to restore power.
  • SaskPower maintains over 157,000 kilometres of power lines throughout the province.

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UPDATE: 1 pm

SaskPower is aware of outages impacting most of the City of Regina as well as other communities in the province.

  • SaskPower has suffered significant issues because of frost over the past few days. We are working to assess the situation and make repairs.
  • This morning, power units at Boundary Dam, Shand and Poplar River Power Stations tripped off and we lost generation. We are bringing those units back on line as quickly and safely as possible.
  • We have been able to restore power to some areas. Thank you for your patience as we work to restore power to all our customers. We don’t have an exact time for restoration but are looking at late this afternoon at the earliest for some areas. We will share more information as it becomes available.
  • The frost is causing lines to fall and sag; please be safe and stay at least 10 meters away. Do not try to remove frost from the lines yourself. Lines that look damaged can still be live. Call 310-2220 to report downed lines or 911 if it is an emergency.
  • If you’re using a generator, you need to use an installed transfer switch. Without a transfer switch, your generator will feed power back into the lines, creating a serious hazard for our personnel working to restore power.
  • Never operate a generator in a house, garage or enclosed building. Doing so will put you and your family at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • We have taken over 33,000 calls in the Outage Centre this morning. That’s equal to all the calls we took in November.
  • We have hundreds of people across the province working hard to restore power to our customers.

We'll provide updates here as soon as new information becomes available.

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UPDATE: 12 pm

We have taken 20,000 calls in the Outage Centre from 9-11 a.m. That’s equal to all the calls we took in November.

We'll provide updates here as soon as new information becomes available.

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UPDATE: 11 am

SaskPower is aware of outages impacting most of the City of Regina as well as other communities in the province.

  • SaskPower has suffered significant issues because of frost over the past few days. We are working to assess the situation and make repairs.
  • Thank you for your patience as we work to restore power to our customers. We don’t have an exact time for restoration but are looking at late this afternoon at the earliest for some areas. We will share more information as it becomes available.
  • The frost is causing lines to fall and sag; please be safe and stay at least 10 meters away. Do not try to remove frost from the lines yourself. Lines that look damaged can still be live.
  • If you’re using a generator, you need to use an installed transfer switch. Without a transfer switch, your generator will feed power back into the lines, creating a serious hazard for our personnel working to restore power.
  • Never operate a generator in a house, garage or enclosed building. Doing so will put you and your family at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

We'll provide updates here as soon as new information becomes available.

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We're experiencing major power outages in the Regina, Weyburn and Moose Jaw areas. Our crews are working hard to safely assess and correct the problem.

We don’t have an estimated restoration time yet. And, power could be out for an extended period of time.

Traffic lights will not work so treat controlled intersections as a four-way stop.

We'll provide updates here as soon as new information becomes available. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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