Jackfish transformer creates city-wide outage


A city-wide power outage hit several Yellowknife businesses early Wednesday morning.

Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) said in a Facebook post that the power failure lasted from 4:05 a.m. to 4:45 a.m. and was due to a faulty transformer at the Jackfish Generating Station.

“It was a full community outage,” said Doug Prendergast, manager of communications at NTPC. “They may well have had access to Internet, depending on their setup. But certainly electricity was unavailable.”

Although the power outage was citywide, Prendergast said the NWT emergency alert would have been functional. The NWT Alert system is a GNWT service that helps reach the public with emergency messages through radio, television and cell phones.

“People’s phones and text systems would still continue to exist, although they would not be able to charge their phones unless they had some kind of battery or another method of charging,” he said. “But any emergency contact system would still work.”


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Simon Whitehouse came to Yellowknife to work with Northern News Services in 2011. He came from Prince Edward County, Ont., and obtained his journalism education at Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa. Working in Yellowknife, he covers education-based stories and general news but has also taken other beats in the past, including city hall and entertainment. He is a champion of the printed word and the importance of newspapers. As a board member of the United Way NWT and Rotary True North, he believes in the importance of civic engagement and community building. He spends his spare time with his boxer Sharona. Simon can be reached at (867) 766-8295 and editorial@nnsl.com.


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