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Allumette hydro service sees improvement in 2017

CALEB NICKERSON
ALLUMETTE ISLAND Jan. 10, 2018
Over the past few years, Allumette Island and the surrounding municipalities have developed a reputation for sub-par hydro service. So much so that local farmer David Gillespie has been monitoring the number and duration of the power outages since 2009.
Back in June of 2016, a long outage was followed by a massive surge several days later and brought the issue to a head. Local officials formed a special committee to address the issues with Hydro Quebec once and for all. The committee met with Hydro Quebec officials in September 2016 and repairs were made, which seemed to improve things.
Despite this, 2016 concluded as one of the worst years on Gillespie’s books, with 75 outages recorded, totalling over 4,000 minutes.
With 58 outages totalling 784 minutes in 2017, things are looking up but Gillespie remains cautious.

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