Plea for electricity conservation renewed this morning by Newfoundland Power

James McLeod
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Newfoundland Power spokeswoman Michele Coughlan renewed her plea for electricity conservation this morning, with roughly 30,000 customers in the dark and rolling blackouts hitting the province.


Coughlan confirmed that one of their employees was hurt last night in an accident in the Stavangar Drive area, and sent to the hospital, but his injuries were non-life threatening.

The RNC reports that, at 9:02 p.m. Sunday, police officers, paramedics and Newfoundland Power responded to an industrial accident that occurred in the area of Stavangar Drive in the east end of St John’s. 

A utility linesman was working on a pole when he became energized. The 51-year-old man was transported to hospital to be treated for undisclosed injuries. 

Occupational Health and Safety is investigating the incident.


Coughlan said that the utility is monitoring the weather closely because there's heavy rain the forecast for tonight and Tuesday.

A rainfall warning has been issued by Environment Canada for east coast areas including the Avalon and Burin peninsulas.

Up to 30 to 55 millimetres of rain expected overnight tonight into Tuesday morning.


A freezing rain warning has been issued for Burgeo to Ramea, and Corner Brook and vicinity.

An extended period of freezing rain is expected tonight.

Coughlan said as soon as they get the juice from NL Hydro, they'll feed it into the system.

"The weather is always on our radar," she said. "From our perspective, once we get the supply, we will continue to work through whatever weather conditions come our way to reconnect our customers."

Of the 30,000 customers without power, the majority of those -- 18,000 or so -- are in St. John's. The other 12,000 customers in the dark are elsewhere on the Avalon Peninsula.

From a utility perspective, customers are homes or businesses, so many more people than that are affected by the outages.

Coughlan said amid the rolling blackouts, conservation really is the key. Absolutely anything that people can do to minimize power usage would be useful to get more people back on the grid.

Meanwhile, NLHydro said that two of the Holyrood units are now online. The third one is expected to be back on at the end of the day.

A trip at the Holyrood switchyard last night plunged 110,000 Newfoundland Power customers into darkness. Hydro said that the rolling outages will likely continue through the day, due to a lack of electrical supply to meet demand.


Organizations: Newfoundland Power, Environment Canada

Geographic location: Stavangar Drive, Ramea, Corner Brook St. John's

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Recent comments

  • Close Mile One
    January 06, 2014 - 11:37

    The public is asked to conserve but hockey at Mile One goes ahead? Mixed messages and bad priority decisions there.

  • CSullivan
    January 06, 2014 - 09:07

    When there is a plea to conserve and rolling blackouts, record temperature lows and an unreliable power source is that not the criteria of a crisis. And until the Premier makes it a crisis very few will think conservation is the key to getting through this CRISIS.