UPDATE: Hydro ends special call for power conservation

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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With what are being described as “more seasonal temperatures” forecast into the weekend, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro has ended its special request for power conservation.

A Newfoundland Power worker makes repairs to the power connection to a St. John’s home in this recent file photo. Both Newfoundland Power and Hydro are asking citizens to keep conserving power during the cold snap. — Telegram file photo

In a statement issued at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Hydro staff noted peak energy demand on that utility’s system for the night was 1,398 megawatts (MW), registered at 7:16 p.m. The utility was working with the ability to supply 1,580 MW of power for the system at last report.

Hydro’s statement marks the end of a three-day request for individuals and businesses on the island to reduce their power usage.

“Hydro wishes to thank both our residential and business customers for their conservation efforts and if customers would like to learn more about energy conservation and how to implement strategies every day to save both energy and money, please visit www.takechargenl.ca.”




(Earlier story)

Repair adds 5 MW of available power to island system

People asked to keep conserving as cold temperatures cause high demand

A completed repair to a generator at Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro’s Hardwoods power facility meant more power available to the island grid on Thursday — the final day of a three-day energy conservation period requested by the utility.

Individuals and businesses on the island of Newfoundland are still being encouraged to conserve energy wherever possible, as unusually cold temperatures continue, driving demand.

With the repair at Hardwoods, Hydro’s system had a generating capacity of 1,580 megawatts (MW) of power, up from 1,575 MW earlier in the week, to service a peak demand of 1,457 MW Thursday morning.

“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 people to keep in mind energy conservation measures. According to Environment Canada, temperatures are expected to dip again early next week.



Organizations: Newfoundland Power, Environment Canada

Geographic location: Island of Newfoundland

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