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A Busy Weekend for Christmas Parades!

Delays due to weather made for a very busy weekend of Christmas parades across the island. Over the past few weeks our employees, retirees, their families and friends spent many hours getting the Newfoundland Power floats ready. The Paw Patrol float delighted children and grownups alike at the Downtown St. John’s and Mount Pearl Christmas Parades, winning awards at both. At the Downtown St. John’s Parade, over 40 employees and family members walked the parade route and collected over 14,000 pounds of food valued at approximately $35,000 and over $8,000 cash from parade spectators, all in support of the Community Food Sharing Association. Many thanks to everyone who donated to those in need this time of year.  In addition this year, we also held food drives at our offices, which added an additional 2,000 pounds of food. Thank you to our colleagues at Fortis for supporting our food drive as well.

Parade goers at the North Shore Santa Claus Parade were wished A Gingerbread Christmas from the employees, retirees and family members from our Carbonear office. A lot of work went into building the float and the Gingerbread House was a big hit.

For the Gander Christmas Parade, our employees put together a very unique Newfoundland Power themed float. The float featured a home well lit for the holiday season with our very own Power Line Technician, Justin Kieley, climbing the pole just outside. The parade is held at night, which was great for viewing the lights on all the floats.

The Thomas the Tank Engine chugged his way through the Grand Falls-Windsor Christmas parade. This is the third year that Thomas was able to participate in a parade. He made his debut in Carbonear in 2015 and last year he thrilled crowds in St. John’s.

The next parade will be taking place this weekend in Clarenville….keep an eye out for our Polar Express Float.

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season Everyone!

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A Snapshot of 2015

Annual Report blog bannerThe numbers are in and 2015 was another solid year for our utility operations and customer service.  Here’s a snapshot from Newfoundland Power’s report on operations.

  • We delivered electricity to our customers 99.96% of the time; our reliability measure is twice as good as comparable utilities in Canada.
  • We invested $100 million in the electricity system, with close to 50% dedicated to upgrades – keeping our system safe and reliable.
  • We decreased the number of electricity bills that were estimated by 40% by increasing the number of automated meters at your homes and businesses.
  • Over 1/3 of our customers now receive electronic bills.
  • We launched a new customer blog, and we have over 25,000 followers on Twitter and about 8,000 receiving the Company’s new email/text outage alerts that provide real-time outage information and updates.
  • Our takeCHARGE rebate programs helped more than 6,000 customers save energy in 2015. We also provided over 395,000 at-the-cash rebates on energy efficient products through our retail partners. Since the launch, customers have saved enough to power the Town of Paradise for an entire year.
  • We have kept our operating costs under control at a rate that is below inflation.
  • Through The Power of Life Project, over $400,000 was raised to support  cancer care; and, we reached nearly 100 environmental projects completed through our annual EnviroFest events.

A huge thank you to our 650 employees and more than 260,000 customers.

Check out our full Report on Operations on our website.


We’d like to help with your environmental project…

At Newfoundland Power we’re committed to operating in an environmentally responsible manner while enhancing the quality of life in the communities where we live and work. We take pride in the difference our employees have made in communities across the island through our employee-driven Environmental Commitment Program. And to be recognized last year as an environmental leader in our province with the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Award for Business really meant a lot.

EnviroFest is our annual celebration of the environment which takes place during National Environment Week. In fact, we’ve been hosting EnviroFest for almost 20 years now! Each year, our employees dig in and play a hands-on role in the projects by volunteering, working right alongside our community partners. They like getting their hands dirty whether it’s planting trees, flowers and shrubs to beautify a green space or filling up bags with garbage at a community clean up. We like all shades of green, so if you’re improving a park area, enhancing a trail system, starting a recycling program or transforming a green space, we want to help.

We are accepting proposals for community-based environmental projects across the island right now. Don’t miss out – get your proposal in today! The deadline is 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 15, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified on Friday, April 22, 2016.

After all, it’s the environmental actions we take today that will make a BIG difference tomorrow. Let’s leave a positive environmental legacy for many years to come…to be enjoyed by our children and our children’s children.Envirofest 2016