December 21, 2017
For Immediate Release
What Do New Power Lines Mean For Holyrood and Winter Power?
Keith Hutchings, Natural Resources Critic for the Official Opposition, is asking what the new interconnected transmission line from Labrador into Soldiers Pond will mean for reliance on the Holyrood Generating Station and access to power during the winter months when demand often rises.
“The newly completed Labrador- Island link provides opportunity to reduce the dependence on the Holyrood thermal generating station which relies on expensive Bunker C Oil. Nalcor has stated in the past that they plan to recapture power from the Upper Churchill generating station to Soldiers Pond as soon as possible,” said Hutchings.
“Will the completion of the new Labrador-Island transmission line allow access to additional power during times of high demand this winter? Does this have implications for reliance on the Holyrood Generating Station? What will it mean for Holyrood’s operations in the future?” asked Hutchings.
The 1,100 kilometre line will carry power from the generating station near Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Soldiers Pond, where it will be distributed to homes and businesses along existing power lines.
Hutchings asked, “Will the Minister confirm that the interconnected transmission line will be owned, operated and maintained by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, as part of Nalcor’s operations? What is the status of any discussions that may have been held on selling transmission capacity to access additional power?”
“The Minister of Natural Resources should provide some clarity on power demands and reliability from Holyrood, and if the Liberal government is committed to the new transmission infrastructure to be owned and maintained by the province,” said Hutchings.
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