Rotating outages have resumed across Newfoundland Wednesday due to cold temperatures and increased energy demand, according to a note posted on Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro's website.
Hydro said Wednesday's outages will be the first rotating ones since Monday. Warmer weather since then has lowered demand and allowed the Crown corporation to adequately supply the province's needs.
A higher demand was experienced throughout the day, even extending beyond the morning peak period.
While it said progress was being made with work on a generating unit that's currently not operating at the Holyrood plant, Hydro decided it would be best not to rush Holyrood into service for the sake of avoiding rotating outages.
In its note, Hydro also advised people to continue conserving energy, adding that such measures may prevent someone else from experiencing an outage.
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro reports on its website that with colder temperatures and higher winds, the load on the system is higher today.
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"We surpassed yesterday’s peak of 1197 megawatts (MW) this morning with a peak of 1322MW on our system," the statement reads. "Load is expected to be higher again during the 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. peak this evening. We are monitoring the system closely, but there’s potential for rotating outages tonight as system load grows."
Hydro crews are continuing to work towards safely restoring system generation.
"We’re completing our assessment at the Holyrood switchyard and are making progress but we need to ensure we have the switchyard work complete before we bring the unit back onto the grid. At this time, work continues but we do not have a restoration time for the unit."