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Luminary Award Deadline Almost Here!

If you know a company, town, retailer or individual whose energy-efficient efforts deserve to be in the spotlight, let us know. Maybe it’s you!


The deadline to apply is Friday, September 13!


Individuals all over the province are taking brilliant steps to save energy. takeCHARGE believes that deserves to be celebrated! The Luminary Awards recognize companies, organizations, communities, and individuals all across Newfoundland and Labrador who are taking brilliant steps to save energy – and inspiring others to do the same.


Complete your nomination form by September 13, 2019 to and you could could be recognized as one of our Province’s Energy-Saving Stars! You can nominate more than one candidate using separate forms!


Check out these eligibility criteria and guidelines. Click here to start your submission, or download the PDF to submit through email.


We look forward to reading your submissions!

Avoid potential wait times with self-service options

We’ve got lots of online self-service options to help make your interactions with us more convenient. When you visit our website you can:

Access your billing and payment history
Report a power outage
Set up automatic payments
Get your bill by email
Make a payment arrangement
Register for outage notifications and updates
Report a streetlight that’s not working

What are you WAITING for? Visit newfoundlandpower.com today!

What is SALT SPRAY and how does it affect the electricity system?

When strong winds blow over the ocean, the wind can pick up salt from the sea – this is called salt contaminated moisture or salt spray.

 

As it is blown around by the wind, salt will deposit on every surface it encounters such as trees, vehicles, buildings, and most critical for electrical utilities, power line insulators. When enough salt builds up the insulating capability of power line insulators can become compromised. When this happens they start to break down causing very small amounts of electricity to flow over the surface of the insulator. This can be heard as a faint buzzing sound, and when it’s dark out, you may even see intermittent sparks that appear to jump along the surface of the insulator. These sparks of electricity are nothing to fear or be concerned about. This sparking may last for hours or even days, depending on the weather. They will disappear when the sparking either burns away the salt deposits or rain/snow washes it away.

 

Occasionally, salt contamination on insulators can become severe enough to cause short circuits to develop. These are heard as very loud bursts of noise and seen as electrical arcing flashes – but for very short periods of time – a split second. These short circuits may cause momentary power outages (between 2 to 15 seconds). There is no need to report these power interruptions.

 

Sometimes salt spray contamination can result in longer outages (a period of hours or even days) until crews can replace the affected equipment or weather conditions improve. If your power is out for longer than a few minutes, please report using our outage line: 1-800-474-5711 or our online outage form: https://www.newfoundlandpower.com/Outages/Report-a-Power-Outage.

 

Depending on wind speeds this salty air can be carried over long distances. This means you don’t have to live next to the ocean for you to see/experience the effects the salt can have on the electricity system.

 

Always ensure you are prepared for an outage. Our weather can be unpredictable, so make sure to sign up for our Outage Alert service and always have an emergency kit on hand. For more information visit https://www.newfoundlandpower.com/Outages/About-Outages/Prepare-for-an-Outage.

Celebrating Leaders in Energy Efficiency

Newfoundland Power and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro held their first ever Luminary Awards on October 24, 2018. The takeCHARGE Luminary Awards were created to recognize people, organizations and communities across the province who have taken steps to be more energy efficient.

 

We would like to congratulate the following winners who were recognized at our inaugural event:

Community Impact Award: Norris Arm Heritage Society

Leadership Award – Individual: Ethel O’Brian

Leadership Award – Individual (Residential): Steve Morey, Clean Air Solutions

Leadership Award – Individual (Commercial): Jeff Browning, Guillevin International

Leadership Award – Organization: Coleman Group of Companies

Leadership Award – Organization: Ingram’s Electrical

Partnership Award: Maurice Tarrant, College of the North Atlantic

Innovation Award: Empowered Homes

Retail Partnership Award:  The Home Depot Canada

The BIG Award: Country Ribbon Inc.

The BIG Award: St. Anthony Seafood’s Ltd. Partnership

“We are committed to helping our customers make wise decisions about their energy use. By following the sound advice of our takeCHARGE energy experts, our customers save millions on their electricity bills every year,” said Gary Murray, Vice President, Customer Operations. “The Luminary Award recipients have shown leadership in promoting and advancing energy efficiency in Newfoundland and Labrador and we appreciate their partnership.”

Check out our press release for more details on the award categories and recipients.

Congratulations to all the 2018 Luminary Award winners!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you belong on our Special Care Customer List?

If you have life-sustaining medical equipment that is reliant upon electricity, please register for our Special Care Customer List. If an outage is planned for your area, a member of our Customer Service Team will attempt to contact you so can make important health decisions or alternate arrangements. Visit our website for more information.