Hydro applies to PUB for new generator

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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100 MW combustion turbine would be installed before year-end: Hydro

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro has filed an application with the Public Utilities Board (PUB) for approval of Hydro’s plan to buy and install a 100-megawatt generator next to the Holyrood power plant.

Rob Henderson

Hydro staff have stated they want the new, thermal combustion turbine installed and in operation before the end of the year.

The regulator gets the final say on the installation, specifically if Hydro can recover the cost of the significant addition to the island’s power generation capabilities from ratepayers.

The application to the PUB submitted by Hydro will be made available on the PUB’s website.

The move by Hydro comes in the midst of a power system review by the PUB, including a look at Hydro’s ability to offer a reliable power supply in the coming winter season, following system troubles, rolling blackouts and unexpected power outages in early 2014.

Hydro has previously stated plans to ask for the new, 100 MW generator.

With its application today, the utility stated in a news release it is certain the generator is the best long-term, least-cost option for supporting the system into the future.

“Several years ago, Hydro identified that there would be a generation capacity deficit on the Island power system leading to the requirement for additional generation in 2015,” said Rob Henderson, vice-president of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, in the statement.  

“Hydro has been preparing to meet the existing generation need and has identified an opportunity to obtain more capacity earlier which will provide additional security of supply to the system for the winter 2014-2015. As a result, Hydro has submitted an application to the PUB to purchase a combustion turbine generator to be installed this December.”

 

afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro

Geographic location: Iceland

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  • Jon Smith
    April 11, 2014 - 06:44

    Identified several years ago and now the rush to complete it?? What competent far seeing expertise we have at Nalcor. Folks, you better get your at home temporary back-up installed now to avoid the next winter rush.

  • Nelson Bailey
    April 10, 2014 - 21:17

    It is time to either scrap NLHydro or NLPower. Why do we have to buy power from a middle man (with a guaranteed return to shareholders) when we could buy direct from the producer of the power. There is absolutely no need for both power companies.

  • Nelson Bailey
    April 10, 2014 - 21:06

    It is time to either scrap NLHydro or NLPower. Why do we have to buy power from a middle man (with a guaranteed return to shareholders) when we could buy direct from the producer of the power. There is absolutely no need for both power companies.

  • Maurice E. Adams
    April 10, 2014 - 14:41

    So now what was supposed to be no longer required after 2017 (or thereabouts), NL Hydro is not only now saying that Holyrood will be required into the future, but that it "...is certain the generator is the best long-term, least-cost option for supporting the system into the future".----- Then stop wasting money on the unneeded Muskrat Falls dam/generation plant, and use that money where it is needed.

    • gord
      April 10, 2014 - 21:26

      My thoughts exactly. Even us lowly peasant stock had this much figured out and it only makes sense.