Planned power outages

Planned power outages are being scheduled in the area of Penticton north of Huth Avenue, as a key part of upgrading the electrical infrastructure. These planned outages will happen between March 30 and May 1.

Why the work is needed

The upgrades are an important step in updating the Westminster Substation supply voltage from an 8 kV to 12 kV system. Having a 12 kV system consistently throughout the City of Penticton will increase the system's capacity to handle larger loads and the flexibility to restore power during emergencies.

The initial work must be done by May 1 to facilitate the conversion.

Customer impacts

Each planned outage will last between 4 and 6 hours, and will mostly happen very early in the morning (1 to 5 a.m.). Commercial and industrial customers are being contacted to make arrangements.

Electric Utility crews will provide residential owners with hand-delivered notices advising them of the proposed date and time of the outage. This notice will happen approximately one week before the outage.

NOTE: The outages will happen in stages, based on what the infrastructure supplies power to. The Electric Utility is doing its best to give residents and businesses advance notice, but due to the nature of the work, the schedule may change. Check here for the most recent schedule

Traffic impacts

Drivers are asked to slow down and keep an eye out for Electric Utility staff, vehicles and signage, and to ensure everyone is safe. Traffic control personnel will be at light-controlled intersections to help drivers.

Crews will have to occupy on-street parking, and these areas will be marked off with signs the day before.

Have questions?

We are here to help. You are welcome to contact the Electric Utility at 250-490-2535 during business hours from 7.30 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday to Friday.