Rotating power outages possible, says N.L Hydro

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is warning its customers of possible rotating power outages because one of the company's generating units in Holyrood is out of commission.

One of three units at the Holyrood Generating Plant, which supplies power to the island portion of the province, was damaged during the blizzard on Jan. 11.

Hydro officials said the cause is under investigation, but the generating unit won't be back in operation before the end of the winter season.

Officials have said they are concerned, because the winter is usually a peak time for electricity demand.

Hydro said it will have to draw on reserve power when necessary or ask customers to conserve power.

The company has said that if it can't reduce electricity demand during peak times, it may have to rotate power for short periods.

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