Saturday’s Power Outage Left 2,000 Belmont Light Customers in the Dark

The Christmas lights went out to about a quarter of Belmont homes on Saturday, Dec. 13 as a large-scale blackout hit the town.

According to Becca Keane, Belmont Lights’ executive assistant and communications coordinator, the outage, first reported at 12:51 p.m. on Saturday, was related to an energy supply issue from NStar, the town’s wholesale power supplier.

The issue resulted in a loss of distribution out of one of the three Belmont Light substations. The resulting drop in power caused outages to nearly 2,000 customers, said Keane.

Before long, Belmont Light’s field and engineering teams had the problem under control with power restored by 2:20 p.m.

“The shortest outage lasted approximately 1 hour, 10 minutes and the longest approximately 1 hour 35 minutes,” said Keane.

“We don’t anticipate further service interruptions and the issue was not caused by Belmont Light’s system,” she added.