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Rolling Blackouts In Canada´s Capital

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06/29/2005 10:37 AM
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Rolling Blackouts In Canada´s Capital
Electrical shutdowns possible: Ontario energy minister
Last Updated Tue, 28 Jun 2005 22:06:37 EDT
CBC News

Ontario Energy Minister Dwight Duncan warns that parts of the province´s electrical system could shut down without warning for maintenance because it´s running at full tilt.

"We have a situation where demand is peaking at an all-time [high]," Duncan said at a news conference in Toronto. Duncan asked residents to make "modest changes" to help the system cope as the hot, sticky weather continues.

Ontarians used record levels of electricity to cool things down on Monday, burning more than 26,000 megawatts at the peak time, near 6 p.m.

The provincial power distribution utility, Hydro One, had to import power from other provinces and the United States to meet demand.

"The demand for electricity Tuesday is expected to reach or exceed those record levels," says a release issued by the Independent Electricity System Operator, which is responsible for managing Ontario´s bulk electricity system and operating the wholesale electricity market.

The province can produce 25,500 megawatts and has the ability to purchase another 3,100, according to the IESO. Consumption is expected to reach a record 26,700 megawatts by Tuesday evening.

While the hot weather lasts, homeowners and businesses are being asked to reduce their power consumption as much as possible between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. by turning air conditioners down or off, keeping their curtains or shades drawn, not using appliances such as dishwashers and clothes dryers, and turning off extra lights.

Rolling blackouts hit nation´s capital

The high level of power usage Monday was behind a series of 15- to 20-minute power interruptions that started hitting 8,000 customers in areas east and south of Ottawa around suppertime.

Hydro One´s Billberry transformer station could not handle the peak demand, so officials chose to begin a series of planned blackouts for 20 minutes at a time.

Peter Gregg of Hydro One says he doesn´t anticipate any more problems with that station.

"We´ve done a bit of re-arranging on the way our electricity flows in that area, to try to use more lines and bring supply through alternate areas," Gregg said on Tuesday.

A different problem turned off the power to about 3,300 homes in the Barrhaven area of Ottawa for several hours, leaving residents sweltering without air conditioning.

A Hydro Ottawa spokesperson said the cause of that outage was not clear, but speculated that the high level of usage tripped circuits.
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12/08/2005 10:14 AM
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Thats better don,t ask them tell them..On the news last night they had the question..would you conserve power and most of them said NO....if we have to kepp paying the same amount for the additional charges for hydro above and beyond the normal usuage fee why turn our air off...
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I live within 100 miles of 14 small hydroelectric plants, but they are not used. Instead the main source of our power is from large oil fired power stations in the major cities.