Power outage review by PUB hits a deadline day

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Regulator expecting reports from N.L. Hydro and Newfoundland Power today

The Public Utilities Board (PUB) is expecting to receive detailed reports today from both Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and Newfoundland Power, for the ongoing investigation into the recent failures of the island’s power system.

Public Utilities Board (PUB) commissioner Jim Oxford (left) and chairman and CEO Andy Wells prepare their notes after they arrived to begin proceedings into the Investigation and Hearing into Supply Issues and Power Outages. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

The review was launched following the rolling blackouts and outages from Jan. 2-8 and will start by addressing the reliability of power through to 2017.

The PUB and power utilities have already been engaged in written exchanges — thousands of pages of initial presentations on the outages as well as questions and responses. Documentation from the ongoing regulator’s review can be found on the PUB website.

The final reports on the outages from Hydro and Newfoundland Power are expected to be received by the PUB this afternoon and will from there, the Board’s secretary told The Telegram this morning, be posted to the same PUB site online.

Anyone interested should see the documents there by tomorrow morning.

Since the PUB announced its review into the January outages, the island was faced with a separate, three-day period of requested power conservation, from March 4-6.

The regulator’s review is expected to address the issue of the province’s immediate power needs and provide directions for the coming year, in a report from the PUB expected May 15.

From there, the PUB will dive into a deeper review of the overall system, considering the future and including public consultation sessions.

Those sessions have yet to be scheduled.

A separate, broader review was announced by the provincial government. No details or deadlines have been released for that review.

Organizations: PUB, Newfoundland Power

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Recent comments

  • James Anderson
    March 25, 2014 - 10:56

    Wondering about the time it takes to restore power. Outages can occur due to a variety of reasons, and cant be fully stopped. Damage assessment and restoration processes are to be checked. If needed they can adopt software like Resources on Demand or Assessments on Demand for automation and better documentation, which will become handy when such reviews happen.

  • Fred Penner
    March 24, 2014 - 11:17

    It is all well and good to review the system and to submit the reports but who is going to review the data and the conclusions?...Dumaresque?!!! He is not qualified to function as a Nalcor critic.

  • Maurice E. Adams
    March 24, 2014 - 09:15

    For starters I would like to know how it is that for (YEAR AFTER YEAR) Nalcor reported to the PUB (during the Muskrat Falls review) that the Island's Total Firm Capacity was 1,958 MW...... Now (for this review) Nalcor reports the Island's Total Capacity at 19,46 MW, but the Island Total "Firm" Capacity at 1,813 MW.... Where did 145 MW of heretofore "firm" capacity disappear to? Also, for 2013, total island peak demand was still about 300 MW BELOW our total island capacity..... So why isn't that EXCESS capacity available to NL Hydro? Something smells here. Clearly, there is a substantial amount of customer owned capacity not being utilized that was heretofore determined and defined by Nalcor as part of the island "firm" interconnected capacity. (see www.vision2041.com ).