Over the past week, an issue that has been brought to my attention a few times has been our power. Specifically, our electricity distribution system. In the eastern part of Ward 1, and it's been the same experience at my home, the area is prone to brief outages, lasting only a few seconds at a time. I'm always resetting my oven clock. The reliability of the system is concerning to a few residents, worried about the impact on appliances, electronics and personal property.
Essex Powerlines is in charge of the electricity distribution for Ward 1. It inherited the network from the former Tecumseh Public Utilities Commission. While not a municipal service, the Town of Tecumseh is part owner of Essex Power and is represented on its board by two seats. Therefore as residents, we do have a mechanism for addressing known issues by directing our appointed representatives to act on our behalf.
We also have a healthy mix of standards in our municipality. The older parts of the community remain serviced by overhead distribution. These are easier to repair but also more susceptible to wind and environmental damage. Neighbourhoods like mine have underground services, with hydro boxes located in certain front yards.
I won't pretend to know what is causing the electrical failures at this point. It is an area of significant interest for me, though. I'm affected as much as you are. Right now it is difficult to easily find information about what our issues are and how Essex Power is investing funds to address it. I know that they are; the Essex Power crews have been visibly working at this in the neighbourhood and I have myself received a letter a few years ago detailing that improvements were under way for my street.
Once compiled, I intend to provide an information source here at andrewdowie.ca speaking of hydro issues and the capital plan that Essex Power is following to make improvements.
Have you been experiencing electrical outages, even for a brief second? Post your comments here. I would love to know where these brief outages are occurring and how widespread they are.