City supports rolling power blackouts by curtailing power use

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Christmas lights in parks, Water Street to be shut off tonight

The City of St. John's will shut down all decorative lighting in Bowring Park and Bannerman Park, and at City Hall and the Promenade on Water Street West in support of Newfoundland Power's call for energy conservation, the city said today in a news release.

Christmas lights at Bowring Park. — Telegram file photo

The lights were full ablaze Thursday night and, according to the city, that’s because the lights in these areas require an electrician to disconnect them.

The city said that given the late notice by Newfoundland Power of the rolling blackouts Thursday, the work was not able to be completed Thursday night, but will be completed by city electrical staff today.

The city also has curtailment agreements with Newfoundland Power and all water and wastewater treatment plants are currently running on generators to help ease the load on the province's electrical grid.

Staff has also been asked to shut down all electrical devices and any lighting not required for security purposes at the end of the workday.




Organizations: Newfoundland Power

Geographic location: Water Street

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  • Mr. Global Squeaker
    January 03, 2014 - 14:53

    How long before NALCOR is privatized? The actions of Hydro seem like Canada Post. Managed to induce a spirit of incompetence and comedy of errors necessary to justify privatization AFTER spending all it's money on gear and labour, inflated to feed federal tax coffers. Sit back, wait for the public to get rotted, make them demand that we not be a tax burden, demand that we compete for profit like salty pirates, not public utility. This is what Executives do, go to business school until they have a head of mush that puts profit above a functioning civil society with communications and energy.