Homes across Newfoundland go dark again in latest electricity hiccup

James McLeod
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Pockets of Newfoundland went dark Friday night, as Unit 2 at the Holyrood generating station tripped offline.
The latest power outage, which affected customers right across the island, was quickly fixed after less than an hour.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro quickly took to social media site Twitter to post updates on the situation.

"We experienced a trip on Holyrood Unit 2. Looking into cause. Will advise as soon as more details are known," the utility wrote.

The latest outage makes it nine full days since the province first started experiencing rolling blackouts and problems with the electrical grid.

Unlike the earlier problems, though, Nalcor vice-president Dawn Dalley said that the current outage wasn't tied to high electricity demand outpacing the power company's ability to generate.

It is not clear at this point what caused the Holyrood Unit 2 to trip offline.

25,000 people lost power for a short period.

The current problems are separate from unit 3, the troubled Holyrood generator that's currently operating at roughly 35 per cent capacity due to a missing fan motor.

Nalcor, the Public Utilities Board and the provincial government are all promising to do investigations into what went wrong to cause the ongoing power outages.

Organizations: Holyrood Unit 2, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, Public Utilities Board

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Holyrood

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Recent comments

  • Jonathan
    January 10, 2014 - 23:25

    I think it might be possible that the Unit 2 trip was probably due to a circuit breaker that got frozen during the bitter cold Thursday night into Friday morning and it likely didn't get a chance to warm up while it was active. Electrical trips do happen in any power source anywhere in the world, no matter where you are. They happen more often anywhere in the world than you realize. I'm sure Unit 2 will operate again no problem - it just has to warm up a bit.

  • Graham Bursey
    January 10, 2014 - 21:34

    Could we please see the maintenance records for Holyrood for the past 12 months and compare it to the previous 12 and compare all that to Stunderdales big Muskrat Falls announcement and see how many millions have been cut from Holyrood all in the name of Muskrat Falls

    • Tony Rockel
      January 12, 2014 - 23:22

      No! That's a state secret.