MONTRÉAL, Dec. 4, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Hydro-Québec is asking customers in southern Québec to use less electricity during the peak period tomorrow morning, December 5, between six and nine.
The request comes in the wake of outages that began today around 3 p.m., when protective devices tripped on two 735-kV transmission lines carrying power from Baie James to southern Québec. The outages affected as many as 188,000 customers at their height. Power was gradually restored from the Hydro-Québec grid in the southern part of the province. But the transmission lines affected are still unavailable. They are being inspected, which is more difficult in the dark. In addition to the ongoing ground patrol, there will be a helicopter patrol at daybreak.
Hydro-Québec is therefore asking customers in the Laurentides, Laval, Montréal, Outaouais and Estrie regions to help out significantly by doing two things:
- Lowering the temperature in unoccupied rooms slightly
- Postponing the use of appliances (dryer, dishwasher) by a few hours
More about the peak period:
For further information: Nathalie Vachon, Media Officer, Hydro-Québec, 514 289-5005