PUB requests meeting with N.L. Hydro

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Refers to Crown corporation's 'inability' to meet load requirements

The the province's Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities (PUB) has requested a meeting with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro to discuss all that has happened since a transformer fire at a terminal station knocked out power to more than half of the island.

In a news release, the PUB said its immediate focus is to assess Hydro's ability to meet load requirement for the remainder of the winter.

“The purpose of this meeting is to obtain timely information in relation to the inability of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro to meet load requirements on the Island Interconnected system in recent days,” said the PUB in a letter sent Monday to Hydro.

Rotating outages were taking place prior to Saturday's massive power outage because of unseasonably high demand linked with lower than normal temperatures.

On Tuesday, it was announced that all Newfoundland Power customers once again had power, except for a handful of isolated cases.

The meeting is scheduled to take place Wednesday at 2 p.m.

“It may be several days before the Board is in a position to advise as to any specific additional steps which it may take as part of its regulatory authority,” the PUB said in its release.

Organizations: PUB, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities Newfoundland Power

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  • Hugo Williams
    January 07, 2014 - 22:23

    Related Commentary not provided by the mainstream media in Newfoundlandistan or Danistan - Ratepayers Conserve Power Unless You Own A Hockey Team - Game On. http://bondpapers.blogspot.ca/2014/01/the-great-blizzardblackout-2014-nlpoli.html#more http://unclegnarley.blogspot.ca/

  • Steve
    January 07, 2014 - 20:20

    Agreed. At least one death. Multiple fires, damaged appliances/electronics, millions in loses for businesses(ex. village mall), loss in wages, and even several days of schools closed for tens of thousands of students across the province. This is nothing to do with any storm. This is criminal negligence. They knew long ago this power would be required. Their own documents show this. Wake up people.

  • Corporate Psycho
    January 07, 2014 - 17:22

    There needs to be a public inquiry now that there has been a death.