Hydro Begins Annual Maintenance Season

April 2019

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) has begun work on its annual maintenance program across the provincial electricity system.

Hydro’s annual maintenance season generally begins in April when customer electricity demand begins to decline and extends to November in preparation for the winter months.

During this time, Hydro maintains, replaces, and upgrades electricity equipment throughout the province. This includes preventative and corrective maintenance work and inspections, as well as larger capital projects.

Generation units and transmission lines will be removed from service for periods of time in order to complete the work. These yearly planned outages are closely monitored and coordinated to ensure customer supply and system reserve requirements are met.

As well as being the primary generator of electricity in the province, Hydro delivers power directly to customers in coastal and rural communities on the island and Labrador. Annual work, such as pole maintenance, will be completed on distribution lines in Hydro service areas.

Hydro is committed to keeping customers informed as we invest in reliability over the coming months. All system work is evaluated to eliminate or minimize customer impact. We will inform customers in relevant communities in advance of any planned power outages necessary to ensure the safety of work crews and the public.

Transmission outages are posted in real time by the NL System Operator and can be viewed here.

Other generation and transmission outages are reported daily to the Public Utilities Board and can be viewed here.

For more on how we plan outages, watch this quick video.

Any equipment outages that may increase system vulnerability or risk to customers will be published through customer advisories and available in our news feed and Twitter and Facebook channels.