2020-01-08

Major power outage impacts South Shore

by Charles Mandel

A large swath of Nova Scotia Power (NSP) customers on the South Shore are without power this morning.

The outage extends from Mahone Bay to Bridgewater, and to Bush Island, and as far north as Crossburn.

On its website, the utility gives the reason for the outage as "damage to transmission equipment."

The estimated time for power restoration is 11 a.m. December 27.

The NSP has come under harsh criticism recently for its inability to keep the lights on.

In mid-December a citizen advocate filed a legal request with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board requesting that they review NSP's service in the light of a number of recent black-outs.

The letter said that outages on December 10 impacted over 50,000 NSP customers and that the outages were "a significant burden for ratepayers. Families were disrupted, traffic flow stalled and educational facilities were shuttered."

Bridgewater Mayor David Mitchell wrote on Twitter on December 27: "Thee number of power outages in the last year is concerning @nspowerinc.

"We understand when they are weather related but when commerce is impacted on a busy day like today (calm & sunny), an explanation is needed (or compensation provided)."

He also directed his Tweet to the N.S. government, asking if adequate investment in the utility was being made.

The utility recently had rate hikes over the next three years approved.

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