Premier to call independent review of province's electricity system

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Premier Kathy Dunderdale announced that she's calling an independent review of the province's electricity system.

Premier Kathy Dunderdale announced that she's calling an independent review of the province's electricity system. At left is Natural Resources Minister Derrick Dalley. — Photo by Ashley Fitzpatrick/The Telegram

Dunderdale said she doesn't know the shape or scope of the review, but says it's important to restore public confidence in the system. 

She said in the next six weeks the province will draw up terms of reference and determine the independent body who will study it. 

Dunderdale said the PUB will have a role, but this will be separate.

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  • V. Putin
    January 11, 2014 - 12:14

    We have to start planning for the Extra Power required for Glencrest Development. Hydro needs to start planning for transmission solutions now or the project will be stalled like Alderon. It's a good development benefiting all Newfoundlanders & Labradoreans - It will benefit all Newfoundlanders & Labradoreans. Taxpayers of St. John's will benefit from the shared taxpayer & developer commitment to Grencrest Development.

  • hua mulan
    January 10, 2014 - 06:37

    since the grift seems to be always afoot with this government, the question now is, whom do she and her yesbyes think they are conning?

  • brad
    January 10, 2014 - 06:35

    Easily the WORST premier in the history of Canada..and its not even close,completely oblivious to reality.

  • hua mulan
    January 10, 2014 - 02:41

    since the grift seems to be always afoot with her and herilk, the question now is, who does she and eddy and the other yesbyes think they are conning now?

  • Winston Adams
    January 09, 2014 - 23:17

    There is you know an official Conservation Plan. Hard to find but the document is with the PUB. This plan has a budget of about 5 million per year or about one half of one percent of electricity sales revenue. Other jurisdictions has about 2 percent of revenue, about 4 times more. This means we let our winter peak continue to grow with no real attempt to flatten it by economic effective means. The consequence is, at times like this, we flatten it by rotating blackouts when there is some equipment problem. Proper planning to flatten that peak is non existent. It is government POLICY that there be no demand management system by our power companies or meaningful measures to assist customers with efficiency improvements. 90 percent of our houses leak cold air like a sieve and have century old baseboard heaters that use three times the energy and twice the peak demand as modern systems. Nfld power share holders seem to like it that way. And promoters of muskrat falls NEED it that way. Lower peak demand strikes at the heart of Muskrat, which is based on increasing the peak demand. So any inquiry must avoid looking at why more was NOT being done to trim our peak demand..... a relatively low cost measure. And Johnson is part of the problem. You won't find him urging 2 percent of revenue going to customer efficiency upgrades, no sir. Read the transcripts from past year, Nfld power rate application, on the PUB websites. And now Johnson too calls for a review or something. What nerve. No shame. Think he has the homeowner as concern number one? And even Andy Wells has lost some backbone. He gave Nfld Power a full year to report on the effectiveness of an important efficiency measure , but forced conservation(blackouts) came first. Measures that should have started a decade ago are not in place. And all the political parties piss in the same pot.Oh My! Are they all so stupid as to electrical systems to see what other jurisdictions are doing and achieving? World class Nalcor engineers my ass. They have taken us into the dark and cold ages. I suppose I should be kinder, because I know most of those engineers know better, but are inclined to follow orders.

  • darrell
    January 09, 2014 - 21:16

    I've known Dalley for years and believe me when I say he isn't qualified to do anything related to politics, just don't have it.

  • concerned
    January 09, 2014 - 18:58

    What's Dalley, Dunderdales dummy. He stands behind her like he is in a trans. It's time for the cacus to speak out about their leader.

  • Tony Rockel
    January 09, 2014 - 18:54

    Get ready for the WonderTale Whitewash.

  • Missy
    January 09, 2014 - 18:26

    Kathy, please resign! I am sure Nalcor will give you a job.

  • Mike
    January 09, 2014 - 17:52

    Is it just me or does Dalley have that same blank, eyes-down, expression that Jerome Kennedy had when Dunderdale was speaking about his decision to resign?

  • clay
    January 09, 2014 - 17:21

    I think Kathy should resign. she cant do the job she don't listen too the voters I can see why Osborne quit the pc you got a lot of good minsters in the p.c. cacus they should be speaking out about her leader ship

  • Frustrated
    January 09, 2014 - 16:42

    Kathy Dunderdale is a total waste of time.. She instills no confidence with me... This situation sh not have happened If Hydro an nf power knew what they were doing. Now Kathy has to spend millions to get the truth. What a mess...

  • Maggy Carter
    January 09, 2014 - 16:04

    Even as she promises an 'independent' review, Dunderdale attempts to influence the outcome by asserting her complete confidence in NALCOR. Look for very narrow terms of reference (i.e. the same kind she gave the PUB for Muskrat Falls) and look for her to appoint a Tory-friendly commissioner. This is a token response to the hundreds of thousands of people angered at being left in the dark. Likely it is also intended to pre-empt any move by the PUB to carry out a major review of its own. Yesterday she tried to deflect criticism of NALCOR by pointing out that it was the PUB's responsibility to oversee NALCOR's activities - in other words, if NALCOR screwed up, so did the PUB. She's still pursuing that tack today with her indication that the review will also focus on the PUB. By putting NALCOR and the PUB under the same microscope, she hopes to downplay any role the PUB might see for itself and/or negate any criticism that the PUB might direct at NALCOR. And don't discount the possibility that she might recall the House to vet the terms of reference and at the same time legislate away the PUB's authority to conduct a proper review.

  • Joe
    January 09, 2014 - 15:55

    Dunderdale/Martin and Ludlow plus any ministers involved should be fired!!! Immediately!

    • WJM
      January 09, 2014 - 16:49

      Ludlow? Why?

    • Maggy Carter
      January 09, 2014 - 18:21

      NL Power generates less than 10% of the electricity it distributes. It buys the rest from NL Hydro. Dunderdale has said the review will look at NL Power as well as NL Hydro and the PUB. It is unlikely that NL Power or Ludlow bear much responsibility, if any, for this fiasco. Undoubtedly the failures are those of NALCOR's senior management and the Premier herself. Nevertheless I would have expected NL Power/Fortis to take greater pains to separate itself from NL Hydro and the provincial government. Fortis - to its credit - is no fan of Muskrat Falls and undoubtedly its senior executives are less than impressed with their counterparts over at Hydro. Hydro's negligence has not only given itself and the Premier a black eye, but also NL Power as far as the average 'Joe' is concerned. NL Power/Fortis is a publicly traded company that must answer to its shareholders (in a much more demanding way than Martin answers to Dunderdale). In fact it's a pretty well managed company. Unfortunately that can no longer said of NALCOR and NL Hydro.

  • Bert
    January 09, 2014 - 15:42

    Kathy, you are in a lose, lose situation. If you don't call one these same posters will say you are hiding something and by calling one these same posters here say its a waste. So you see Kathy, it's all politics and you cannot win!!!

  • RNC NOW!
    January 09, 2014 - 15:23

    The RNC should be the ones investigating this. If not them, then the RCMP. This is a serious matter. These people, including the Premier, Nalcor and whomever else is in that big bed actually think their fellow Newfoundlanders are dumb enough to believe their lies and scapegoating. We're insulting ourselves by not demanding a serious investigation here. We should be up in arms at this and see that whomever is responsible faces the proper consequences.

  • garth
    January 09, 2014 - 15:15

    A Garth Brooks remake of Thunder Rolls Its 430 in the evening With no answer in sight The city is looking like a ghost town On A cold winter night Snow flurries on the window there's a storm moving in Dunderdale says to conserve power This never should have been And the power goes And the power goes Every flashlight is burning In houses across town I'm sitting by a candle In my woman's flannel gown asking for a Miracle Hoping she's not right, School may be closed tomorrow, Hopefully not, all they do is fight And the power goes And the power goes The power goes and the meter spikes Another night gets cold In bed early again tonight As Dunderdale goes on she's out of control and deep in her heart shes the one that's cold...

  • Dolf
    January 09, 2014 - 15:00

    Now let me guess. Will this review panel be somebody like Manitoba Hydro? This "piece of work" will be hand-picked by herself and Martin so you can rest assured the result will be favourable to herself and d'er Furher.

  • Gail
    January 09, 2014 - 14:41

    How much will this "review" cost? Perhaps we should put our money towards some new equipment or repairs for our aging electrical power infrastructure?!? I think it's a waste of tax dollars and time to have someone tell us something that we already know! Our equipment is old and we need it replaced or repaired, Muskrat Falls will be at least 4 years away, so while we wait we will be burdened with rolling blackouts every time the temps dip below 0?? Don't get me wrong, I'm all about conserving energy, but I can only hold off on doing my laundry so long!!! Put our money where it will actually help us Kathy! I heard an expression today and believe it....Stunderdale!!!

  • Barry
    January 09, 2014 - 14:08

    Why wasnt this review done before we decided to spend 8 billon dollars on Muskrat Falls?

    • Muskrat
      January 09, 2014 - 15:54

      I think you hit the nail right on the head Barry!

    • Muskrat
      January 09, 2014 - 15:56

      I think you hit the nail right on the head Barry!

  • Graham
    January 09, 2014 - 13:24

    Now we know why Dundedrdale and Martin were absent during the first few days of this Crisis. They had to get together and decide what questions should be asked and what the answers would be if it actually came down to an inquiry.My question is why is maintenance being done in December and January that should be done in July and August? My last question is do we really have to keep Dunderdale in office until 2015 or is there a way to shut her down for maintenance right now?

  • david
    January 09, 2014 - 13:17

    Too late got your crisis moment, spent the first days in denial, failed miserably managing it, and revealed yourself to be a completely incompetent fool. Looking for someone to blame now doesn't help you in the least. And there's no point to inquiries's not like there's another political lackey to appoint to any of these jobs that would be any smarter, or do anything different anyway. Don't spend even more of our money, ultimately for no one's possible benefit but your your own. We've had more than enough of that. .....Muskrat Falls?!! REALLY?!?

    • Fred Penner
      January 09, 2014 - 19:25

      Right on David!! I mean the way that Ed Martin and Dunderdale managed to have the transformer fail right at the height of the storm and the fault at Holyrood station! Simply brillant! Don't even get me started about the generator failures...masterpieces ALL. The crown jewel is of course, Muskrat Falls. The skill of these people to create these timely failures on the power system just to make it look like MF was necessary is a pure ballet to behold. Hats off brother!

  • Lynn
    January 09, 2014 - 12:30

    Holy catfish, We got to be the only province in Canada who have so many review and study, What the h--l are we paying those people for? like so many other people are saying, they just don't have any common since. No wonder our province can't grow, tax dollars just wasted with people with poor judgement. Now we got the red party. with Ball going to bring us into the promise land.

  • W. Bagg
    January 09, 2014 - 12:30

    Review will be released just before 2015 election I hope.