No major power outages (yet) despite storm

Published on February 14, 2017

Prince Philip Parkway, St. John's, near Confederation Building.

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Mother nature huffed and puffed, but despite the storm, the power (mostly) didn’t go out Tuesday.

Ahead of the storm, the Avalon Peninsula was under a “power watch” issued by NL Hydro due to problems with the Holyrood combustion turbine.

“Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) is advising customers that the combustion turbine at the Holyrood plant has been removed from service to investigate the cause of a trip this morning,” NL Hydro said on its website.

“There is no customer impact expected at this point. However, customer demand is expected to be high during peak periods this evening and tomorrow. As well, there is currently a winter storm warning in place.”

The good news was that according to NL Hydro, the turbine only made up 120 megawatts of generating capacity, and the power grid has a total of more than 2,000 megawatts of capacity.

And throughout the day, NL Hydro reported that electricity demand hovered around 1,500 megawatts — so a little less than 75 per cent capacity.

There was a power outage on the southern Avalon reported by Newfoundland Power related to the storm, but the power was restored and as of deadline, there are no outages reported.