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Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro says it's ready for winter

11/27/2014 01:28 EST | Updated 01/27/2015 05:59 EST
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A senior executive with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro says the utility is ready to meet the increased demand for electricity as the province heads into winter.

Chief Operating Officer Scott Crosbie says critical maintenance, upgrades and testing on all generation equipment has been completed or is in its final stages.

The utility has been working to improve its equipment since unusually cold weather in early January along with high winds and system malfunctions led to power outages across the island of Newfoundland, with 190,000 hydro customers left without power at one point.

Crosbie says major work has been completed at several generating plants.

The latest demand forecast shows the utility has enough generation reserves to meet peak demand in the winter.

Crosbie says the company has worked to bring a new combustion generating turbine online and to improve communications with its customers.