Canadian Niagara Power Plans Town Wide Outage for Supply Transfer

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Canadian Niagara Power Inc. (“CNPI”), wishes to inform its customers that the electrical supply for the Town of Fort Erie will be temporarily transferred from the Ontario grid to the New York grid, via the newly constructed International Power Line (IPL). In order to complete this transfer, a town wide power outage will occur on Sunday, April 17th, 2016, between the hours of 03:00 am and 03:30 am. While the estimated length of the power outage is approximately 30 minutes, CNPI will endeavour to minimize the total duration of the interruption.

The supply transfer and associated power outage are required to facilitate upgrades to the electrical transmission system in Fort Erie. The work is expected to take approximately one week to complete. An additional outage will be required upon completion of this work in order to transfer the supply back to the Ontario grid. This additional outage is scheduled to occur on Sunday April 24th between the hours of 03:00 am and 03:30 am.

“In order to facilitate this necessary upgrade work, these short duration town wide power outages are required. CNPI recognizes that this may be an inconvenience to our customers and we have chosen times we believe to be the least disruptive. We appreciate our customer’s patience and understanding during these outages” said Kristine Carmichael, Manager of Corporate Communications & Customer Service at CNPI. “We are pleased that we are able to minimize what would have been an eight hour outage to thirty minutes or less by utilizing the newly constructed IPL. This underscores the benefit to having this inter-tie”.

Customers may wish to visit CNPI’s website to review the Power Interruption Procedures as well as the Fire Safety Notice at Customers may also follow CNPI on Facebook and or Twitter using #TownWide2016 for information before and during the outages.

For more information please contact our offices at 905-871-0330 or visit our website at

*Media Release Provided by CNPI


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