Wildfire does grid damage in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

The Northwest Territories Power Corp. (NTPC) in Canada was asking Yellowknife, Northwest Territories residents on July 29 to continue conserving energy as it repairs transmission lines from the Snare hydro system.

The utility said July 29 in an online posting that repairs could take about five days.

A city-wide power outage on July 28 was caused by an out-of-control wildfire disrupting the transmission lines. The fire near the Snare system, which began earlier in July, is now estimated to be about 20,500 hectares in size and continues to burn.

The North Slave region remains on hydro power from the Bluefish dam and diesel power from Jackfish Lake plant.

NTPC works to generate, transmit and distribute electricity, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels, while serving industry and Aboriginal groups in the NWT, according to its website.


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