People still being asked to conserve as cold temperatures causing high demand
Workers with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro completed a repair to a generator at the Hardwoods power facility Wednesday, making more power available to the island grid.
Hydro’s system has a generating capacity of 1,580 megawatts (MW) of power as of this morning, up from 1,575 MW on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to a statement issued by the utility. Peak demand on Hydro’s system this morning was 1,457 MW, registered at about 7:30 a.m.
Individuals and businesses on the island of Newfoundland are still being asked to conserve energy, as unusually cold temperatures continue today and demand for power is expected to continue to run high.
“We want to thank people for all they are doing to conserve energy,” said Dawn Dalley, Nalcor Energy’s vice-president of corporate relations.
“We understand that it can be difficult to be asked to turn down your heat when it is so cold, so we are very appreciative of the efforts we are seeing from our customers. It has helped to ensure we continue to maintain system stability during this period.”
Hydro is a Crown corporation and arm of Nalcor Energy.
Both Hydro and Newfoundland Power are asking for people to keep in mind energy conservation measures throughout the evening, particularly during the period of expected peak demand for power — from 4-9 p.m.
Residential customers can assist by doing the following:
1. Reducing electric heat by a few degrees;
2. Conserving hot water by not running dishwashers, washers and showers;
3. Avoid using clothes dryers.
Business customers can assist by doing the following:
1. Only heat spaces when and where necessary - reduce temperatures or shut off heating in vestibules, stairwells, lobbies and unused spaces;
2. Reduce equipment use during peak periods;
3. 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.