Power warning in effect, rotating outages possible on Avalon

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Unit 1 returned to service, Power Warning remains in effect

Newfoundland Hydro says it's experiencing "issues" at the Holyrood generating plant and is asking Avalon area customers to conserve electricity and be prepared for possible rotating power outages.

Power warning from Newfoundland Hydro

Hydro has Tweeted that it is now past the morning peak power consumpion "but we are still in a Power Warning, please continue to conserve."

Previous updates

Hydro reported earlier this morning that Unit 1 at the Holyrood Thermal Generating Plan had been returned to service. 

The unit is being loaded slowly and the Power Warning will remain in effect during the morning peak – we continue to ask customers to conserve electricity.

Here's the full warning issued earlier this morning on Hydro's website.

"Hydro is currently experiencing issues at the Holyrood Generating Plant. We are still assessing what this means for generation availability, however as a result, we are issuing a Power Warning," the message to customers reads.

"We are asking customers to conserve electricity and to be prepared for possible rotating outages."

Hydro asks residents to conserve by:

– turning back heat a few degrees

– limit use of hot water

– turn off unnecessary lighting.

Get more information on how to conserve here:


Hydro has Tweeted that the morning peak for the island is expected to reach 1520 megawatts at 8 a.m.

Related story: Hydro forecasts adequate supply while repairing Holyrood Unit 2

NL Hydro's prevous advisories

There have been two recent equipment advisories from Hydro on repair work at the generating station.

Here are those advisories:

Equipment Advisory – Holyrood Unit 2

January 29th, 2016

Unit 2 at the Holyrood Thermal Generating Plant remains out of service and now has an estimated return date of Feb 5. The unit is not currently required to support customer load, therefore crews are taking this time to complete additional work. Hydro has sufficient reserves to reliably serve customers.

Previous Advisory: Jan 21, 2015

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) wishes to update customers that repairs have begun on Unit 2 at the Holyrood Thermal Generating Station. Reserves are forecast to be adequate over then coming days and there is no anticipated impact to the electricity supply we can provide to our customers.

All other generating units on the Avalon Peninsula, including the two other thermal generating units at the Holyrood plant, as well as the combustion turbine, are fully available for service.

The unit will undergo a further repair to boiler reheat tubes, along with some additional inspections over the coming week. Hydro will be monitoring the electricity system closely and expects the unit to be returned to service and fully available by next weekend.

This advisory is part of Hydro’s commitment to keep customers informed on the status of the electricity system and system events.

For updates, please follow Hydro on social media – www.Twitter.com/NLHydro, www.Facebook.com/NLHydro or visit us online at www.nlhydro.com


Organizations: Hydro, Holyrood Generating Plant

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Recent comments

  • darby
    February 03, 2016 - 14:20

    ...what about the 'new' 7-year old generator / turbine that was going to alleviate the impact of these types of situations? It's increasingly difficult to know who to believe these days.

  • roy206
    February 03, 2016 - 11:05

    The last time this happened, the Tory Government got the blame....and Dunderdale was hustled out the door.....

  • Jack
    February 03, 2016 - 08:51

    Is it just me or is Newfoundland and Labrador becoming the "Province of multi-million dollar lemons"? First, you have a $50 million ferry called the MV Veteran which is not working, a big waste of money for the Newfoundland and Labrador taxpayer. Second, you have a $25 million water treatment facility in Corner Brook which ran into some problems after less than six months. Now you have Holyrood Power facility constantly running into serious problems. Newfoundlanders and Labradorians deserve better transportation, power, and water infrastructure, NOT "multi million dollar lemons".

    • Fred
      February 03, 2016 - 10:54

      You are absolutely right Jack. I attribute a lot of the issues we now face to the public tendering process and the requirement that the lowest bidder be the winner.

    • The real Calvin
      February 03, 2016 - 14:42

      You nailed it Fred. Public tender process is the biggest joke in the developed world.