Faulty insulator cause of brief power outage

Nancy MacPhee
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Sunday’s short power outage, which left about 6,800 Summerside homes in the dark for 10 minutes, was caused by a malfunction at the city’s electrical utility’s substation.

The outage happened between 3:20 and 3:25 p.m. Power was restored between 3:30 and 3:35, said Greg Gaudet, the city’s director of municipal services.

Humidity built up on an insulator caused the outage, said Gaudet.

“There was a malfunctioning insulator at our substation. With humidity, it had tracked over and our protection system tripped because of the faulty insulator, which has been repaired,” he added. “It happens every once in a while, you get the odd insulators that fail whether they got cracked or contaminants on them. It doesn’t happen that often.”



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  • cityresVal
    January 15, 2013 - 12:36

    Wow, people are soooo negative here.. especially online.. Personally, Ive been waiting for a long time to voice my PERSONAL PRAISES for SSide Electric. (See this... Im clapping... BRAVO CITY UTILITIES) After all these horrific storms of high winds, especially so, the past yrs & near hurricane strengths.. NOT ONCE RESIDENTS OF SSIDE, did we loose power for an unreasonable amount of time. Ironically, when we did, it was brief, & wasnt even during those storms. Honestly, 10 mins.. Common, high time we start giving credit, when credit is due!

  • Tia Gallant
    January 14, 2013 - 21:37

    Probably over worked keeping the xmas decorations still lit up on January 13th. Get real CITY Counsel ...Start saving somewhere.