Contract valued at over $250,000
After months of silence on its promised power system review while it sought out a consultant to take on the heavy lifting, the provincial government has announced the review is moving forward with Power Advisory LLC in the lead role.
The consulting firm has been awarded a contract valued at $284,826.
Its third-party look at the power system is expected to include an evaluation of “the operation, management and regulation of the current electricity system to ensure reliability and security as well as a smooth transition into an interconnected system,” according to a statement issued today by the Department of Natural Resources.
The review work is a separate process from the ongoing review of the power system by the provincial utilities regulator. The Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities has Liberty Consulting assisting in its work.
At the provincial government level, the review work will include an examination of the regulator’s role in the system of power provision.
“Information regarding the review, as well as the final report, will be made available to the public,” said Natural Resources Minister Derrick Dalley.
Liberal Leader Dwight Ball has repeatedly called the province’s review reactionary, unnecessary and a waste of public money.
Then-premier Kathy Dunderdale promised the provincial-level review on Jan. 9, in the wake of a week of rolling blackouts and unplanned power outages on the island of Newfoundland.