Lakefront Utilities Inc. Addresses Recent Power Outages - Today's Northumberland - Your Source For What's Happening Locally and Beyond (2024)

Lakefront Utilities Inc. Addresses Recent Power Outages - Today's Northumberland - Your Source For What's Happening Locally and Beyond (1)

Over the past two weeks, customers of Lakefront Utilities Inc. (LUI) have experienced an unusually high number of power outages. While outages are more common in the summer due to storms and increased animal activity, the frequency of recent outages has caused concern among customers.

Many customers have speculated that the increase in power outages is caused by limited capacity due to increased demand from electric vehicles, air conditioners, and new developments within the service territory. However, LUI reassures customers that there is not a load capacity issue. In 2023, Lakefront energized a new transformer, adding 33 MVA of capacity to Cobourg’s distribution system to support growth and increased demand.

LUI understands the inconvenience and frustration caused by power outages and is committed to providing transparent communication with customers, sharing plans to prevent future occurrences, and ensuring increased service reliability.

OUTAGE INCIDENTS AND CAUSES

Wednesday, July 3 at 6:33 a.m.: Approximately 3,500 customers in south-central Cobourg were without power for 70 minutes due to wildlife contact on the F9 circuit.

Saturday, June 29, at 9:20 a.m.: All customers in Cobourg and Colborne experienced a power outage for approximately one hour due to a loss of supply from Hydro One. Communication from Hydro One indicates the loss of a transmission circuit between Peterborough and the Port Hope Transformer Station, which supplies power to LUI customers in Cobourg and Colborne.

Friday, June 28 at 9:00 a.m.: Wildlife contact with a switch caused a momentary outage on the Victoria F9 feeder, which supplies south-central Cobourg.

Sunday, June 23 at 7:45 a.m.: 106 customers in the Park Street, Park Lane, and George Street area, supplied by the F2 feeder, experienced a two-hour outage due to animal contact with a switch.

Friday, June 21 at 5:57 a.m.: The F6 feeder, which supplies power to southeast Cobourg, experienced a momentary outage caused by animal contact.

Thursday, June 20, at 9:03 p.m. & 9:21 p.m.: Customers in south-central Cobourg supplied by the F13 / F14 / F19 feeders experienced a momentary interruption, most likely due to lightning. The F19 feeder had a second momentary interruption at 9:21 p.m., which was also likely caused by lightning.

Tuesday, June 18 at 8:01 p.m.: Wildlife contact with a switch caused a momentary power interruption on part of the Victoria F1 feeder, affecting customers in northeast Cobourg.

Improving Service Reliability

Upgrading Infrastructure: Replacing aging infrastructure as identified in LUI’s Asset Management Plan to enhance the reliability of the local distribution system.

Mobilizing Staff: Deploying staff and contractors to identify and address factors causing outages.

Hardening the Grid: Introducing additional wildlife interference protection measures on the overhead distribution system.

Enhancing Maintenance: Increasing the frequency of regular maintenance checks on critical infrastructure to identify and address weaknesses.

Leveraging Technology: Utilizing smart meter software for real-time outage information and the System Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to pinpoint problematic areas.

Vegetation Management: Intensifying tree-trimming and vegetation management programs to reduce weather-related damage.

Engaging Hydro One: Collaborating with Hydro One for effective distribution planning.

Customer Support

During power outages, updates are posted on Lakefront’s mobile application, website, and social media pages. Additionally, LUI’s Customer Service Department is available to assist with any issues or concerns. LUI is dedicated to supporting customers by consistently providing timely information, especially during service interruptions.

The Board, management and staff at Lakefront Utilities are fully aware of the recent reliability issues and appreciate customers’ patience and understanding as they continue to improve services. Ensuring the safety and satisfaction of customers remains Lakefront Utilities’ top priority.

Lakefront Utilities is proud of its ongoing commitment to the community and its achievements as a locally-owned utility. Lakefront Utilities Inc.’s reliability statistics continue to exceed industry standards, as detailed in LUI’s 2023 Annual Report. Customers interested in reviewing Lakefront’s performance are encouraged to view Lakefront’s Scorecard, available at https://www.lakefrontutilities.com/financial/. Customers can also learn more about Lakefront Utilities’ plans to harden the grid, improve reliability, and support growth in LUI’s Distribution System Plan, available at https://www.lakefrontutilities.com/regulatory.

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Lakefront Utilities Inc. Addresses Recent Power Outages - Today's Northumberland - Your Source For What's Happening Locally and Beyond (2024)

FAQs

What causes local power outages? ›

Outages can happen as a result of damage to equipment or failure of markets involved in the generation, transmission, or distribution of electricity from remote locations to where it is used. Outages can also occur due to problems on a customer's own property.

Where are the most power outages? ›

With the most annual power outages, Maine is surely left in the dark. The Pine Tree State tops the list with an average of 4.35 power outages every year, a stark increase above the national average of 1.62 per year.

What does local power outage mean? ›

In the electric power domain, especially in power transmission and distribution, a power outage usually refers to a partial or total loss of power supply to some end user (e.g., population, enterprises, critical systems).

What animal causes the most power outages? ›

Squirrels. Responsible for the greatest number of substation outages across the U.S., squirrels enter substations in search of shelter and warmth—and possess the instinct to remember the best nesting sites.

Do squirrels cause power outages? ›

Unitil found squirrels cause 11 percent of routine power outages. They sneak around safeguards, chew on lines and build nests in the equipment.

What states are at high risk for blackouts? ›

Key Takeaways
  • Nevada had the most customers impacted by power outages per capita in the past 10 years (382,102).
  • Michigan had the most customers affected by power outages per capita in 2023 (21,746).
  • Texas, California, and Michigan had the most power outages in 2023.
  • Texas accounted for 13% of all 2023 power outages.

What state has the most outages? ›

Number of major blackouts by select state in the United States 2000-2023. Between 2000 and 2023, Texas was the leading U.S. state for major power outages, with almost 264 blackouts in the 23-year period. California followed, with 238 major power outages throughout the period under consideration.

How long is food good in the fridge without power? ›

As the USDA notes in Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency, your refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours during a power outage. Keep the door closed as much as possible. Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers after 4 hours without power.

How long do blackouts last? ›

Blackouts can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few days or even weeks. A brownout is only a partial loss of power, where a system's capacity and voltage are reduced. Brownouts usually happen when there's high demand across the power grid.

Why do we have no electricity? ›

The power cut could be due to loose wiring, an overloaded circuit, or another potentially hazardous cause that needs addressing asap.

What is the most likely cause of a power outage? ›

Storms: Wind, heat, ice and snow are the most common causes of widespread power outages.

What is the root cause of power outage? ›

However, the three most common causes are natural causes, human error, and overload. Basically, any interruption between power generation and the supply of electricity to homes can cause a power outage. It can stem from inclement weather conditions, human error, equipment failure, and even animal interference.

Why did my power go out and my neighbors didn t? ›

You may be on a different feeder or transformer from your neighbors. The service line to your home may have been damaged and need repairs before your home can be reconnected. The weatherhead connection, where the electric lines meet the electric meter on your home, may have been damaged.

Why is there no power in my room but the breaker is not tripped? ›

The most likely cause is a bad connection or faulty wiring issue that does not allow an adequate flow of electricity to certain fixtures. That's why it's important to cut power to those fixtures when you discover the problem—loose wires are a leading cause of house fires, so it's better to be safe than sorry.

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