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Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro seeks approval for added generator after outages

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is seeking regulatory approval for a new 100-megawatt generator after a season of winter outages raised questions about the electricity system's reliability. The utility says it wants the new equipment up and operating next to the Holyrood power generating station before the end of the year. The provincial Public Utilities Board will review if the utility can recover the cost from ratepayers.

Hydro, ferry rate increases on April 1 has critic saying B.C. means 'Bring Cash'

VANCOUVER - Critics of the B.C. government say there will be nothing funny about April Fool's Day, when ferry and electricity rates go up and increase costs for middle-class families and people living on fixed incomes. BC Hydro is hiking rates by nine per cent, the first in a decade of annual increases that will see fees jump by nearly 40 per cent. Passengers using BC Ferries will also pay about four per cent more on major and minor routes — increases meant to cover rising operating, fuel, capital-replacement and labour costs.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro says it can't guarantee end to rolling blackouts

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro has promised to add generating capacity and improve its existing equipment to avoid the kind of rolling blackouts that plagued the province earlier this year. But CEO Ed Martin says he can't guarantee that the power disruptions won't happen again. An unusual cold snap in early January along with high winds and equipment malfunctions led to both planned and unexpected power failures across the island. At one point, 190,000 electricity customers were without power.

Dozens of rural landowners protest at Manitoba legislature over Hydro plan

WINNIPEG - Dozens of farmers and other rural landowners protested outside the Manitoba legislature over the province's hydro development. They say Crown-owned Manitoba Hydro is not negotiating payments for easements on their land south and west of Winnipeg. Opposition Tory Leader Brian Pallister took up the issue in question period, saying the NDP government seems uninterested in collective bargaining when it comes to rural residents. But the minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro, Stan Struthers, says landowners are being offered 50 per cent above market value.

Newfoundland and Labrador coping with heavy power demand as temperatures plunge

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - One of Newfoundland and Labrador's main electric utilities is thanking its customers for conserving power this morning as the province copes with another cold snap. Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro says its grid and generators were kept online as peak demand reached 1,482 megawatts this morning at 7:14 a.m. before demand started to drop. The system has 1,575 megawatts of power available. The utility issued the call to conserve because it is concerned the system could crash if demand exceeds generating capacity.

Newfoundland cold snap drives power load near limit, consumers asked to conserve

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A cold snap gripping much of Newfoundland and Labrador drove electricity demands close to capacity today as consumers are being asked to conserve. Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro says shortly after 7:30 a.m., peak load reached 1,406 megawatts, about 44 megawatts less than forecast. The system has 1,575 megawatts of power available with maximum demand over the next three days expected of between 1,400 and 1,500 megawatts.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro urges conservation ahead of cold snap

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Two months after widespread power failures shook public confidence, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is urging conservation as a cold snap is expected to push demand almost to capacity. The utility announced Monday possible rolling blackouts during peak morning and evening hours from Tuesday to Thursday if there are sudden generation issues. Temperatures are expected to drop during the period to lows of almost -20 C.

Manitoba premier says new hydro exports show need for Conawapa dam

WINNIPEG - Manitoba Hydro announced two export agreements with a utility in Wisconsin Friday — deals which prove the need for billions of dollars in new generating stations, says Premier Greg Selinger. Wisconsin Public Service has agreed to buy 108 megawatts of power between 2016 and 2021 — enough to power about 40,000 homes. The second deal with see the utility buy 308 megawatts starting in 2027.

Equipment up to 60 years old can be reliable: Newfoundland Power executive

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The president of Newfoundland Power says just because some of the utility's equipment is up to 60 years old, that doesn't mean it's prone to failure. Earl Ludlow says the utility is preparing material for two inquiries set to investigate what led to rotating outages in early January. Those outages left up to 200,000 customers in the dark as cold temperatures and growing demand led to equipment failures at Newfoundland Power and at Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. Ludlow told the Rotary Club of St. John's he has his own questions about what happened.

Equipment up to 60 years old can be reliable: Newfoundland Power executive

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The president of Newfoundland Power says just because some of the utility's equipment is up to 60 years old, that doesn't mean it's prone to failure. Earl Ludlow says the utility is preparing material for two inquiries set to investigate what led to rotating outages in early January. Those outages left up to 200,000 customers in the dark as cold temperatures and growing demand led to equipment failures at Newfoundland Power and at Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. Ludlow told the Rotary Club of St. John's he has his own questions about what happened.
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