Newfoundland called for review after week of power outages

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Bud Gaulton/QMI Agency files

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:30 PM ET

Newfoundland and Labrador has called an independent review of its electrical system after widespread outages, both planned and accidental, plagued the province for a week during freezing temperatures.

"I know the last several days have been challenging for residents of our province and have raised some larger questions as to the reliability of our electricity system and the regulatory system within which it functions. I want people of this province to have the confidence in our system that I do," Premier Kathy Dunderdale said Thursday.

Newfoundland Power launched the rolling blackouts across the province on Jan. 2 because it couldn't meet the rising demand during the cold weather. The planned blackouts continued, accompanied by two unplanned outages, into the next week.

The outages forced the evacuation of a long-term care home and kept students out of school after the Christmas break until Thursday.

Dunderdale said the province will work out the details of the review over the next six weeks.


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