600,000 Canadians were affected by 2012 power outages
By Alyssa Dalton
April 30, 2013 – Eaton has released the results of its 2012 Blackout Tracker Annual Report—based on a full year of reported power outages, it noted more than 600,000 people were affected by more than 100 power outages in Canada over the last year.
For the third year in a row, Ontario topped the list of territories with the most outages, followed by British Columbia. The report also includes statistics that illustrate the importance of reliable backup power and features “top” outage lists, including the most significant reported outages and most unusual outages.
Among the most significant reported outages of 2012:
• Vancouver, B.C.: about 110,000 customers were without power on March 12.
• Montérégie, Que.: On July 24, storms triggered some 80,000 outages, many of which were caused by circuit breaker trips.
• Ottawa, Ont.: On November 11, Hydro One reported whipping winds caused more than 200 outages affecting about 75,000 customers across the province.
Eaton has tracked power outage information throughout Canada since January 1, 2009 in an effort to educate consumers on the causes and potential impact of outages, it said. Data for the annual report is based on reports from news services, newspapers, websites (including those of newspapers and TV stations) and personal accounts.
CLICK HERE to download the entire annual report and track power outages across Canada.