Regulator expecting reports from N.L. Hydro and Newfoundland Power today
The Public Utilities Board (PUB) is expecting to receive detailed reports today from both Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and Newfoundland Power, for the ongoing investigation into the recent failures of the island’s power system.
Public Utilities Board (PUB) commissioner Jim Oxford (left) and chairman and CEO Andy Wells prepare their notes after they arrived to begin proceedings into the Investigation and Hearing into Supply Issues and Power Outages. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
The review was launched following the rolling blackouts and outages from Jan. 2-8 and will start by addressing the reliability of power through to 2017.
The PUB and power utilities have already been engaged in written exchanges — thousands of pages of initial presentations on the outages as well as questions and responses. Documentation from the ongoing regulator’s review can be found on the PUB website.
The final reports on the outages from Hydro and Newfoundland Power are expected to be received by the PUB this afternoon and will from there, the Board’s secretary told The Telegram this morning, be posted to the same PUB site online.
Anyone interested should see the documents there by tomorrow morning.
Since the PUB announced its review into the January outages, the island was faced with a separate, three-day period of requested power conservation, from March 4-6.
The regulator’s review is expected to address the issue of the province’s immediate power needs and provide directions for the coming year, in a report from the PUB expected May 15.
From there, the PUB will dive into a deeper review of the overall system, considering the future and including public consultation sessions.
Those sessions have yet to be scheduled.
A separate, broader review was announced by the provincial government. No details or deadlines have been released for that review.