I would have been very happy if my electric bill had gone up only 50 per cent: my bill tripled from November. But November was mild and December was extreme, so one should not be surprised.
The wind chill at -15 C and 30 to 50 knots of wind is extreme.
It should also be pointed out to those with heat pumps, that they are not efficient in those low temperatures and, in fact, do not work at all at -15 C. I understand at those low temperatures, there is recourse made to a built-in electric heater, and of course that is just as power consuming as any electric element.
I am much more concerned that the power supply system has been revealed to be as fragile as it was, and that those charged with keeping a robust system up to date, did not.
I will bet there will yet surface many frontline workers who informed management just how close to the edge of failure the system was and management took the risk anyway.
These people, starting with Ed Martin, should be held accountable for this serious failure in judgment. And by accountability, I mean fired, and without any golden parachutes or massive severances and pensions.
Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s