Power issues still spark concern across province

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As people woke up this morning across the island, around 30,000 customers were still without power, after a major setback in Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro's efforts to restore the grid.

Nalcor vice president Dawn Dalley took to social media to plead for people to turn off whatever they can and conserve power.

"Big calls this morning for conservation. (Please) help us keep that peak down so we can share the power to more customers," she said. "AND stay safe."

Last night after a problem in the switchyard outside the plant, the Holyrood generating station was offline. Dalley reported this morning that one of the three Holyrood units is back online, and Hydro crews are working to get a second one up and running.

"One unit back online now at Holyrood and running up.  Thank you to those folks who worked overnight to bring it back. Work continues," she posted on Twitter.

Moments later, she announced that the second Holyrood unit is coming online. The third one is still very much down.

According to Hydro, the third unit will hopefully be online later today.

Newfoundland Powersaid that as people wake up, rotating power outages will likely resume for those people who have electricity, because they can't handle the additional demand.

"Commercial customers are asked to do all they can to help with the conservation efforts. Thanks to all those who have been helping so far!" the Newfoundland Power official Tawitter Account posted.

Confederation Building East Block is closed this morning, along with everything else, due to "issues with fire supression and backup generation systems" according to the government. West block is open.

 At the height of the most recent outage, roughly 90,000 customers were without power, according to Newfoundland Hydro. Each one of thsoe customers is a home or a business, so many, many more people were affected by the outages. The schools, university and college were all closed today due to the power issues.

Geographic location: Holyrood

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