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Our commitment to New Brunswickers

We’re committed to serving our communities. As the COVID-19 situation in New Brunswick evolves, we’ll continue to adjust and expand our services accordingly, while respecting physical distancing and safety protocols.  
 
Find out how we’re supporting our customers, and see which services remain suspended.

 

 

 

It is very important for us as New Brunswickers to do our part to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

As the COVID-19 situation in New Brunswick evolves, we’ll continue to adjust and expand our services accordingly. Our Commercial and Industrial energy efficiency programs, as well as our New Home Energy Savings Program are open for new registrations. The remainder of our programs remain suspended until further notice due to the in-home nature of this work.

 

Outages and Weather

Common Causes of Power Outages

 

Power outages happen for many reasons and can last from a few seconds to hours or days. Below are some examples of the most common causes of power outages in New Brunswick.

Extreme Weather - Climate Change And Your Power

Below are some examples of the most common causes of power outages in New Brunswick.

Extreme Weather

Most power outages are caused by severe weather – high winds, lightning, freezing rain and snow, rain or flooding. During a storm power poles are vulnerable to lightning strikes while strong winds can snap off tree branches and down power lines. Freezing rain or snow can build up on equipment causing damage.

Trees
Animals
Equipment
Vehicle Accidents
Planned Interruptions
Vandalism

Weather

Our severe weather conditions in New Brunswick that adversely affect power distribution can be generally categorized into any combination of rain, freezing rain, snow and high winds.

Rain

Rain can cause havoc on insulation of high voltage lines by reducing the insulation properties of porcelain bushings, switches, and the pin insulators that attach the lines to the poles.

Insulators play an important role in keeping the flow of electricity moving and not shorting out on structures. Any crack or breakage of an insulator allows water, mostly in the form of rain to cause a failure. This failure interrupts power by blowing a fuse, not unlike the ones found in our fuse panel in our homes.

Freezing Rain
Snow
High Winds (90+ kilometres per hour)
Moderate Winds (60 to 90 kilometres per hour)
Lightning
Severe Cold