Province hires consultant for power review

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Contract valued at over $250,000

After months of silence on its promised power system review while it sought out a consultant to take on the heavy lifting, the provincial government has announced the review is moving forward with Power Advisory LLC in the lead role.

The consulting firm has been awarded a contract valued at $284,826.

Its third-party look at the power system is expected to include an evaluation of “the operation, management and regulation of the current electricity system to ensure reliability and security as well as a smooth transition into an interconnected system,” according to a statement issued today by the Department of Natural Resources.

The review work is a separate process from the ongoing review of the power system by the provincial utilities regulator. The Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities has Liberty Consulting assisting in its work.

At the provincial government level, the review work will include an examination of the regulator’s role in the system of power provision.

“Information regarding the review, as well as the final report, will be made available to the public,” said Natural Resources Minister Derrick Dalley.

Liberal Leader Dwight Ball has  repeatedly called the province’s review reactionary, unnecessary and a waste of public money.

Then-premier Kathy Dunderdale promised the provincial-level review on Jan. 9, in the wake of a week of rolling blackouts and unplanned power outages on the island of Newfoundland.



Organizations: Department of Natural Resources.The, Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities

Geographic location: Island of Newfoundland

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  • The horse has already left the barn. It's too late to close the gate.
    August 08, 2014 - 18:24

    Will we really be allowed to know the results of this review that will be paid for by our tax dollars or will the results be hidden by Bill 29 "for our own good." EVERY report paid for by tax dollars should automatically be available to the public. We see with example after example what self-entitled politicians do with public money. They waste or steal much of it when there is no oversight of their actions. I am sick of paying for reviews and plans that the public never sees and that are never implemented. What ever became of the review of sexual exploitation occurring in this province that contained material that supposedly is too sensitive even for those who are working to stop sexual exploitation? Or the strategic literacy plan that cost us hundreds of thousands but then "couldn't" be implemented (because it was held back for a year and then, according to Jerome Kennedy, too old to be useful - HA!) when it came time to cut costs for Muskrat Falls? The MHAs are being paid thousands of extra dollars for sitting on committees that never meet and do nothing. This money is wasted too. What are we paying NL Hydro and NALCOR execs to do? And what point is a review that is taking place at a time when it is too late to change course? What good are these studies and reports if the recommendations, etc., are never followed?