Meeting for PUB power inquiry set for Wednesday

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Regulator’s investigation open for public participation

The investigation by the Public Utilities Board (PUB) into the rolling blackouts and unplanned power outages on the island of Newfoundland in early January is already underway.

As reported, initial presentations have been filed by the power utilities to the PUB. Some early questions to the utilities and a handful of written responses have also since been posted online, at the PUB website.

Information already available includes a rough timeline of the outage events and notes, among other things, a similar situation of a lack of available power generation and inability to meet demand on only two other occasions in the last decade — once on Jan. 23, 2006 and on Jan. 11, 2013.

On Wednesday, as the evaluation of the 2014 blackouts continues, a pre-hearing conference has been scheduled for 10 a.m. at the PUB’s hearing room at the Prince Charles Building, 120 Torbay Rd. in St. John’s.

“This (meeting) will provide an opportunity to all interested persons to become involved.”

'In particular, the (PUB) is seeking input on the issues and concerns that should be addressed by the Board in this proceeding,” states a public notice on the meeting.

For anyone unable to attend in person, written comments are being accepted for consideration. All comments submitted will be part of the public record.

The meeting Wednesday will not be the only public meeting for the PUB’s investigation. The dates and times for the main PUB hearings have yet to be released.

The Telegram will have full coverage of the review as it progresses.

Geographic location: Torbay

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