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Powering Our City

Summerside Electric supplies electricity to most customers throughout the City of Summerside.

This electricity is mainly generated by our Summerside Wind Farm Windmills and purchased from off-Island sources, most notably New Brunswick Power supplied to us by submarine transmission cables under the Northumberland Strait.

Summerside Electric also owns and operates an electrical generating station located on Ottawa Street. This generating station is essentially used for backup if our energy supply is interrupted.

One of the most unique things about the City of Summerside is that we own our own electrical utility.

Summerside Electric purchases, sells, produces, transmits, and distributes electricity. We have more than 7,000 commercial and residential customers, and we also sell electricity to NB power.

Our electrical system is made up of:

  • The Summerside Wind Farm (with 4 wind turbines holding the capacity to generate 12 megawatts of electricity at a time)
  • The Summerside Diesel Generation Plant (which generates 12.5 megawatts of electricity at a time when needed).

46% of Summerside’s electricity comes from wind power. On average, 20% of the time, all electricity being used in Summerside is coming from renewable wind energy.

This electricity is distributed to customers via 4,600 electric poles supporting over 111kms of circuit wires.

Electric Utility Equipment

Summerside Electric owns:

  • 3 line trucks (1 hot line, 2 diggers)
  • 2 electrician work vans
  • 3 ½ ton trucks
  • 1 meter reading car
  • 1 general purpose car
  • 1 pole trailer
  • 1 general purpose trailer
  • 1 reel trailer

We provide normal and emergency services 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

To report a power outage call 902-432-1268.

To report an electric emergency call 902-432-1268.

For more information about Summerside Electric, contact:

Greg Gaudet - Municipal Services Director 
[email protected] 
City of Summerside, 275 Fitzroy St., Summerside, PE,  C1N 1H9

Related City Documents:

Electric Rates, Schedule & Policy Manual

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