Power Watch lifted for Avalon Peninsula

May 2, 2017, 11:00AM – The Power Watch for the Avalon Peninsula has now been lifted.  Generation reserves are sufficient and therefore a Power Watch is no longer required.  However, with freezing rain on the way, Hydro will continue to monitor things very closely.

Customers are advised to keep a close eye on weather reports and power system reports.  For information on safety and what to do in the event of a power outage, visit our website here: https://www.nlhydro.com/safety/power-outage-safety/

Contact information for local utilities is as follows:

May 1, 2017 – Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) is advising customers on the Avalon Peninsula that a Power Watch is in effect. This means we are monitoring the system closely. No customer action is required at this time. The power watch will remain in place tonight and into tomorrow.

The Holyrood Thermal Generating Plant has three generating units. Today, Unit 2 at the Holyrood Thermal Generating Plant tripped offline causing a short customer outage. During the trip, there was damage to an electrical control panel near one of the boilers. Repairs are underway; however Unit 2 is not anticipated to be back in service until early next week.

Unit 3 is also currently offline for completion of its annual maintenance. Hydro’s maintenance season typically begins in late April. However, Hydro will be bringing this unit back online until Unit 2 is repaired, to help ensure system reliability. Read about Hydro’s Annual Maintenance Program here.

With both Holyrood Units 2 and 3 currently unavailable, power reserves are lower on the Avalon Peninsula than during normal operations. Hydro will be watching the system very closely and will communicate with customers if anything changes.

Hydro is committed to keeping customers informed on the status of the electricity system.

More information about our alert levels is available here.