UPDATE: BC Hydro spokesperson Bob Gammer says that the brief outage was caused while workers were doing upgrades to the Fort St. John substation. While working on equipment, crews missed a step in their procedures which caused protective equipment to isolate the transformer. Crews were able to restore power after checking off the step in the procedure, and had power restored after eight minutes. Gammer says that by Thursday, crews will have finished installing a second transformer at the substation, which should reduce the frequency of outages in the area.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over 16,000 customers lost power in the North Peace for a brief period of time yesterday afternoon.
According to BC Hydro’s website, the power outage began at 4:07 yesterday afternoon, and affected just over 16,000 customers in the Fort St. John, Taylor, and Cecil Lake areas. Unlike previous outages that cut power to large areas of the city, yesterday’s outage only lasted about 10 minutes.
The cause of the outage is listed on BC Hydro’s website this morning as “other,” but more details are expected to be released later today.