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Outages and Safety

Unplanned Outage

May 26, 2020
2:00 pm
On Tuesday afternoon a sudden lightning storm came through Innisfil and wreaked havoc on InnPower infrastructure. A main 44,000 V supply from Hydro One started indicating over 2000 amperes. Crews located a downed 44,000 V line on the 6th line. It was reported that lightning had struck the pole, carried the current through the line and broke the wire off the insulator causing one phase to fall into another. Crews started making repairs here while other team members continued to assess other outages and respond to customer inquiries.

Over the course of the night a pad mount transformer had also failed needing to be replaced and a feeder serving Salem, McKay, Veterns, 4th line etc. was found locked out. Just after crews returned to the shop around 1:30 a.m., the same 44,000 V supply from Hydro One locked out yet again. InnPower crews patrolled in sections looking at fault currents and impedances. InnPower crews was able to identify a flash in the Cookstown area and quickly worked to isolate the section of line and ensure the site was left safe.


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