High winds knock out power to more than 55,000 customers in Northeast, Canada

Strong winds with gusts as high as 85 miles per hour (mph) knocked out power to at least 55,600 customers in New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Ontario, and Quebec on Monday night, Feb. 29, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).

But fewer than 5,000 were still without power as of mid-afternoon on March 1, DOE said.

Green Mountain Power was the hardest hit utility with more than 18,000 customers affected by the outage. Green Mountain Power said it called in support crews from around Vermont to help restore power.

DOE also said that the 493-MW Blythe Energy gas-fired power plant in California reduced its power output by 253 MW on Feb. 29. That’s according to outage data provided DOE by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). Blythe Energy LLC is located in Riverside County.

Canada-based AltaGas Ltd. has expressed interest in expanding the size of the Blythe natural gas plant in California.

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