Solar storm fails to disrupt Ontario’s electric system

As solar storms go, the one that swooshed past Earth Thursday wasn’t even enough to muss the hair of the operators in Hydro One’s control centre near Barrie.

It was certainly nothing like the storm that took out Quebec’s transmission system and darkened most of the province for nine hours in 1989.

But with the sun entering a stormy phase that will last into next year, there’s no relaxing.

“We’ll be watching right through 2013,” Hydro One vice president Mike Penstone said in an interview Thursday.

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