New head at Newfoundland Power

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Gary Smith takes the reins from Earl Ludlow

Newfoundland Power has a new president and CEO.

The utility, with over 256,000 customer accounts and serving the majority of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, has announced current president Earl Ludlow will be leaving to take on a new position within Fortis — Newfoundland Power’s parent company.

As of Aug. 1, Ludlow will be the executive vice-president for Eastern Canadian and Caribbean operations.

The Newfoundland Power board of directors has named Gary Smith as his replacement.

"Gary Smith is a respected leader who brings with him a wealth of operational and engineering knowledge and expertise," said Jo Mark Zurel, chairman of the board of directors, in a statement issued today. "He shows an unwavering commitment to Newfoundland Power customers and maintains the highest standards of excellence in safety and reliability."

Smith has been Newfoundland Power’s vice-president of customer operations and engineering since 2008. He has also held senior operations and engineering roles with FortisAlberta and Maritime Electric in Prince Edward Island, but began with Newfoundland Power in 1984.

Ludlow became famous amongst average customers as the voice of “conserve, conserve, conserve,” during a period of rolling and unplanned blackouts on the island of Newfoundland in January of this year.

He was also praised by Zurel in the company statement — noting an “unwavering commitment to Newfoundland Power's customers, employees and retirees, as well as his strong alliance to the community.”

Organizations: Newfoundland Power, Maritime Electric

Geographic location: Caribbean, Prince Edward Island, Island of Newfoundland

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  • Just sayin
    July 24, 2014 - 15:45

    Conserve when there is an emergency, otherwise business as usual......the value of conservation practised by Nfld Power and Nfld Hydro is about 4.oo per customer. For the average customer paying 3000.00 a year, and faced with at least a 50 percent jump with Muskrat Falls, what a joke conservation is. Both companies oppose any serious program to save customers on their bills. And if Nalcor will support programs only if they can sell (export) the power saved, which is impossible, why is it that Nfld Power was approved by the PUB to upgrade their hydro using the standard of 19 cents per kwh offset against Holyrood oil cost. The same standard should apply to customer (residential) upgrades. One rule for the company , another for the consumer, using a 5 cent offset standard. Discrimination, is it not. Who is looking out for the consumer, the average Joe.

  • Guy Incognito
    July 24, 2014 - 15:13

    Hopefully Ed Martin will go next....

  • Maurice E. Adams
    July 24, 2014 - 13:18

    "Conserve, conserve, conserve"....???.....In response to a question posed to Nalcor before its annual general meeting in April, Nalcor stated that "going forward, the business case (for an effective conservation program) would be assessed based on the value (of the) conserved energy that could be sold into export markets. While the actual numbers used in analysis of a specific initiative would change, the principles used to assess the merits of that initiative would not".............. In other words, Nalcor's go forward conservation and energy efficiency program (if one is to be even implemented) would have to be driven, not by the need to reduce the island's/ratepayers' need for more energy and not by the need to reduce peak demand. Instead, it would only be implemented if the 15-20 cent per KWh power that NL ratepayers could save would be seen by Nalcor as making a good business case. That is, only if the energy saved could in turn be sold into the export market at an equivalent or better price....In other words ---- When the export market is in the five cent per Kwh range (and expected to stay there, or even go down), it is not hard to see that Nalcor would never (under that scenario) find it suitable to implement a conservation and efficiency program that would benefit ratepayers. .........WHO is looking out for the best interest of ratepayers?

  • Duffy
    July 24, 2014 - 12:48

    Great News now Ed Martin needs to follow and if there are problems next year send more down the road as fast as possible.