Electricity conservation efforts working: Hydro

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Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro said today the peak for the hydro system this morning was 1,406 MW and occurred shortly after 7:30 a.m.

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On Monday, Hydro was forecasting a morning peak for today of 1,450 MW.

“It appears that customer conservation efforts helped reduce the peak we saw on the system this morning,” said Dawn Dalley, vice-president of corporate relations.

“Every action helps and we do appreciate that people are pitching in.”

A news release notes that very cold temperatures are ongoing, and therefore Hydro is continuing to forecast very high electricity demand (peak loads between 1,400 MW and 1,500 MW) on the island until Thursday evening.

Customers are requested to continue taking steps to conserve electricity where possible, as a precautionary measure.

Residential and business customers on the island are asked to avoid unnecessary electricity usage and reduce their consumption as much as possible from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the next three days.

Residential customers can assist by doing the following:

• Reducing electric heat by a few degrees;

• Conserving hot water by not running dishwashers, washers and showers;

• Avoid using clothes dryers.


Business customers can assist by doing the following:

• Only heat spaces when and where necessary — reduce temperatures or shut off heating in vestibules, stairwells, lobbies and unused spaces;

• Reduce equipment use during peak periods;

   • Reduce lighting — turn off outdoor safety and security lighting at the start of each day and turn off non-essential indoor lights, outdoor signs, billboards and other lighting.

Although Hydro does not anticipate any additional concerns with its generation, there is a potential that rotating outages may be initiated during peak demand if any additional generation issues arise.

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Recent comments

  • Fred Penner
    March 04, 2014 - 18:50

    All utilities have outages...this follows from the aphorism that "nothings perfect". The reason utilities in western Canada don't usually ration power is that they can simply purchase power from another utility if they have a generator down since they are many others to choose from on the North American power grid. We are an electrical island so we can't do that! Muskrat will change all that.

  • mundy
    March 04, 2014 - 11:38

    How did we ever get into this mess ??? You never hear of any other Utility in Canada restricting power this winter, even though western Canada are experiencing one of the coldest winters ever recorded. All beyond my comprehension !!!!

    • Guy Incognito
      March 04, 2014 - 13:39

      Years of mismanagement lead to this...